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Saussure and his Interpreters

Roy Harris


This book provides a reassessment of the reception of Saussure's ideas. That Saussure's work profoundly influenced developments in such diverse fields as linguistics, anthropology, psychology and literary studies is denied by no one. But what exactly Saussure's views were taken to be by his interpreters has not hitherto been subject to any comprehensive critical survey. How well were Saussure's ideas understood by those who took them up? Or how badly misunderstood? And why? The answers to these questions address central issues in the history of Western culture. Each chapter in this book focuse ... More

Keywords: Saussure, Western culture, Bloomfield, Hjelmslev, Jakobson, Levi-Strauss, Chomsky, Barthes, Derrida, linguistics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780748613083
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748613083.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roy Harris, author