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Saussure and his Interpreters$
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Roy Harris

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780748613083

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748613083.001.0001

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Derrida's Saussure

Derrida's Saussure

(p.171) Chapter Ten Derrida's Saussure
Saussure and his Interpreters

Roy Harris

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines Jacques Derrida's interpretation of Ferdinand de Saussure's linguistic ideas. It explains that Derrida considered Saussure as one of the founders of modern linguistics and as one of the culprits responsible for perpetuating an ancient, ethnocentric and flawed view of the relationship between speech and writing. The chapter argues that it is likely that Derrida had not kept up to date with linguistics before he launched his anti-Saussurean polemic.

Keywords:   Jacques Derrida, Ferdinand de Saussure, linguistics, speech, writing, anti-Saussurean polemic

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