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Ferdinand de Saussure

Outline the sign theory of Language as propounded by Saussure highlighting its specific features.

Swiss Linguist Ferdinand de Saussure propounded the sign theory of language, which was published as class notes by his students posthumously in the book Cours de Linguistique Generale (Course in...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2013 5:09 pm UTC

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Ferdinand de Saussure

What are the main features of sign theory as propounded by Ferdinand de Saussure?

The first important feature of Saussure's linguistic theory is his participation in a shift from the primarily diachronic studies of earlier comparative philologists to synchronic studies. Second,...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2012 8:50 pm UTC

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Ferdinand de Saussure

Write a short explanation on Saussure's concepts of langue and parole as they pertain to linguistics.

Ferdinand de Saussure originated and defined the concepts of langue and parole in his seminal work Course in General Linguistics. These became the bedrock of twentieth century linguistics and...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2010 1:55 am UTC

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What are the differences between Saussure and Bloomfield?

Bloomfield came from the Neogrammarian school of linguistics. That means he focused on the historical aspects and evolution of languages. He studied particular languages, their history and how...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2010 10:33 am UTC

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What is structuralism in linguistics ?Discuss the four major methodological principles put forward by Saussure giving...

Structuralism posits that things cannot be understood outside of the context in which they appear. While at first glance this might seem self-evident, structuralism goes beyond mere historical...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2017 12:03 pm UTC

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What are the concepts of "langue" and "parole"?

Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure developed the terms "langue" and "parole." "Langue" refers to the abstractions and rules of a language that are independent of the way speakers use that...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2017 10:30 pm UTC

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Can you explain Saussure's synchrony and diachrony?

As discussed in the prior answer, Saussure was interested in introducing scientific rigor to the study of language, with specific emphasis on languages in their current form. In so doing, he not...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2016 2:16 am UTC

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Ferdinand de Saussure

What do the terms "syntagmatic" and "paradigmatic" mean?

Both syntagmatic and paradigmatic analyses contribute to the inherent meaning and understanding of a given language. Syntagmatic relationships are created with the understanding that components of...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2019 6:06 pm UTC

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What are the fundamental assumptions of "SIGN" mentioned by Saussure?

While it is easy to jump over Saussure's, shall we say, pure sign theory and go straight to applications or theories that grew out Saussure's discussion of sign, the four fundamentals of sign as...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2013 6:04 pm UTC

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Discuss the key points in Saussure's essay "The Object of Study."

Linguist Ferdinand de Saussure begins his essay “The Object of Study” with a question: What, indeed, is the object of study in the field of linguistics? The answer, he explains, is not as simple as...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2020 3:15 pm UTC

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How does one explain 'the arbitratiness of the sign'  as one of Saussurean's principle?

Saussure's principle regarding "the arbitrariness of the sign" refer to how meanings of words are given purely arbitrarly compared to the physicality of the word. What that means is that words are...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2010 5:02 am UTC

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