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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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History's Saussure

History's Saussure

(p.189) Chapter Eleven History's Saussure
Saussure and his Interpreters

Roy Harris

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on the legacy and historical importance of Ferdinand de Saussure's ideas about linguistics. It discusses English linguist J.R. Firth's classification of all linguists of his generation into Saussureans, anti-Saussureans, post-Saussureans and non-Saussureans, which confirms a perception of Saussure's pivotal position in the history of modern linguistics. The chapter explains that Saussure's ideas had greater influence outside linguistics and investigates how his teaching became a catalyst for great intellectual movements.

Keywords:   Ferdinand de Saussure, linguistics, legacy, J.R. Firth, intellectual movements

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