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Course in General Linguistics

ISBN-10: 0231157274
ISBN-13: 9780231157278
Edition: 2011
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 7/8/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.31" wide x 7.99" long x 0.65" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

The founder of modern linguistics, Ferdinand de Saussure inaugurated semiology, structuralism, and deconstruction and made possible the work of Jacques Derrida, Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Lacan, thus enabling the development of French feminism, gender studies, New Historicism, and postcolonialism. Based on Saussure's lectures, Course in General Linguistics (1916) traces the rise and fall of the historical linguistics in which Saussure was trained, the synchronic or structural linguistics with which he replaced it, and the new look of diachronic linguistics that followed this change. Most important, Saussure presents the principles of a new linguistic science that includes the invention of semiology, or the theory of the "signifier," the "signified," and the "sign" that they combine to produce.This is the first critical edition of Course in General Linguistics to appear in English and restores Wade Baskin's original translation of 1959, in which the terms "signifier" and "signified" are introduced into English in this precise way. Baskin renders Saussure clearly and accessibly, allowing readers to experience his shift of the theory of reference from mimesis to performance and his expansion of poetics to include all media, including the life sciences and environmentalism. An introduction situates Saussure within the history of ideas and describes the history of scholarship that made Course in General Linguistics legendary. New endnotes enlarge Saussure's contexts to include literary criticism, cultural studies, and philosophy.

Gide, the reflective rebel against bourgeois morality and one of the most important and controversial figures in modern European literature, published his first book anonymously at the age of 18. Gide was born in Paris, the only child of a law professor and a strict Calvinist mother. As a young man, he was an ardent member of the symbolist group, but the style of his later work is more in the tradition of classicism. Much of his work is autobiographical, and the story of his youth and early adult years and the discovery of his own sexual tendencies is related in Si le grain ne meurt (If it die . . .) (1926). Corydon (1923) deals with the question of homosexuality openly. Gide's reflections on life and literature are contained in his Journals (1954), which span the years 1889--1949. He was a founder of the influential Nouvelle Revue Francaise, in which the works of many prominent modern European authors appeared, and he remained a director until 1941. He resigned when the journal passed into the hands of the collaborationists. Gide's sympathies with communism prompted him to travel to Russia, where he found the realities of Soviet life less attractive than he had imagined. His accounts of his disillusionment were published as Return from the U.S.S.R. (1937) and Afterthoughts from the U.S.S.R. (1938). Always preoccupied with freedom, a champion of the oppressed and a skeptic, he remained an incredibly youthful spirit. Gide himself classified his fiction into three categories: satirical tales with elements of farce like Les Caves du Vatican (Lafcadio's Adventures) (1914), which he termed soties; ironic stories narrated in the first person like The Immoralist (1902) and Strait Is the Gate (1909), which he called recits; and a more complex narrative related from a multifaceted point of view, which he called a roman (novel). The only example of the last category that he published was The Counterfeiters (1926). Throughout his career, Gide maintained an extensive correspondence with such noted figures as Valery, Claudel, Rilke, and others. In 1947, he received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Editors' Preface and Acknowledgments
Textual Note
Introduction: Saussure and His Contexts
course In General Linguistics
Translator's Introduction
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction
A Glance at the History of Linguistics
Subject Matter and Scope of Linguistics; Its Relations with Other Sciences
The Object of Linguistics
Linguistics of Language and Linguistics of Speaking
Internal and External Elements of Language
Graphic Representation of Language
Phonology
Appendix
Principles of Phonology
Phonological Species
Phonemes in the Spoken Chain
General Principles
Nature of the Linguistic Sign
Immutability and Mutability of the Sign
Static and Evolutionary Linguistics
Stnchronic Linguistics
Generalities
The Concrete Entities of Language
Identities, Realities, Values
Linguistic Value
Syntagmatic and Associative Relations
Mechanism of Language
Grammar and Its Subdivisions
Role of Abstract Entities in Grammar
Diachronic Linguistics
Generalities
Phonetic Changes
Grammatical Consequences of Phonetic Evolution
Analogy
Analogy and Evolution
Folk Etymology
Agglutination
Diachronic Unities, Identities, and Realities
Appendices to Parts Three and Four
geographical Linguistics
Concerning the Diversity of Languages
Complication of Geographical Diversity
Causes of Geographical Diversity
Spread of Linguistic Waves
Concerning Retrospective Linguistics
The Two Perspectives of Diachronic Linguistics
The Oldest Language and the Prototype
Reconstructions
The Contribution of Language to Anthropology and Prehistory
Language Families and Linguistic Types
Errata
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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