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.
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