This chapter examines Roman Jakobson's interpretation of Ferdinand de Saussure's ideas about linguistics, explaining that Jakobson's approach to Saussure was nothing if not eclectic. He picked out the bits of Saussure's teachings that he liked and rejected or dismissed the rest. Jakobson liked Saussure's distinction between syntagmatic and associative relations but criticised Saussure's failure to appreciate the role of distinctive features. He also argued that Saussure's Course in General Linguistics contained errors, frequent contradictions and dangerous simplification.
Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.