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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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Jakobson's Saussure

Jakobson's Saussure

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(p.94) Chapter Six Jakobson's Saussure
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Saussure and his Interpreters
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Roy Harris

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748613083.003.0006

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.

Keywords:   Roman Jakobson, Ferdinand de Saussure, linguistics, interpretation of Saussure, syntagmatic relations, associative relations, distinctive features, General Linguistics

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