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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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The Students' Saussure

The Students' Saussure

(p.15) Chapter Two The Students' Saussure
Saussure and his Interpreters

Roy Harris

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the interpretation of Ferdinand de Saussure's ideas by his students. It explains that the question of the value of the students' evidence concerning Saussure's thinking about language and linguistic study has two aspects which must not be confused. One is whether the students always correctly understood the points made by Saussure and the other has to do with Saussure's performance as a lecturer. The chapter argues that the first major contribution which Saussure's students made to an interpretation of his thoughts lies in the way their role as addressee implicitly contextualised the generality of general linguistics.

Keywords:   Ferdinand de Saussure, interpretation, students, language, linguistic study, lecturer, general linguistics

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