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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 Editors' Saussure

The Editors' Saussure

(p.31) Chapter Three The Editors' Saussure
Saussure and his Interpreters

Roy Harris

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the interpretation of Ferdinand de Saussure's ideas by the editors of the Course in General Linguistics, explaining that it was Charles Bally and Albert Sechehaye themselves who were the first to raise doubts about their own interpretation of Saussure's linguistic theorising. As colleagues and close friends of Saussure, Bally and Sechehaye were in the best possible position to understand his views on language. However, they were not able to attend the courses of general linguistics given by Saussure and were also confused by what they discovered from the notes of students who attended his lectures. Two gaps in their interpretation that particularly concerned Bally and Sechehaye were the absence of any detailed treatment of semantics and the absence of a linguistique de la parole.

Keywords:   Ferdinand de Saussure, interpretation, General Linguistics, Charles Bally, Albert Sechehaye, linguistic theorising, semantics, la parole

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