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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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Barthes's Saussure

Barthes's Saussure

(p.133) Chapter Eight Barthes's Saussure
Saussure and his Interpreters

Roy Harris

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines Roland Barthes' interpretation of the linguistic ideas of Ferdinand de Saussure. It discusses Barthes' proposed creation of an academic discipline of neo-Saussurean inspiration called translinguistics, which was to be based on a reversal of the relationship that Saussure had posited between linguistics and semiology. The chapter highlights Barthes' statement where he referred to Saussurean linguistics as being at the centre of a whole range of interdisciplinary enterprises in virtue of providing a basic theory of sign and signification.

Keywords:   Roland Barthes, Ferdinand de Saussure, interpretation, linguistics, translinguistics, semiology, theory of sign, signification

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