Beata Stawarska, Saussure’s Linguistics, Structuralism, and Phenomenology: The Course in General Linguistics after a Century – Palgrave, 2020 and link to discussion

Beata Stawarska, Saussure’s Linguistics, Structuralism, and Phenomenology: The Course in General Linguistics after a Century, Palgrave, 2020

There is a discussion at New Books Network

This is the first English-language guidebook geared at an interdisciplinary audience that reflects relevant scholarly developments related to the legacy and legitimacy of Ferdinand de Saussure’s Course in General Linguistics (1916) today. It critically assesses the relation between materials from the Course and from the linguist’s Nachlass (works unpublished or even unknown at Saussure’s death, some of them recently discovered). This book pays close attention to the set of oppositional pairings: the signifier and the signified, la langue (language system) and la parole (speech), and synchrony and diachrony, that became the hallmark of structuralism across the humanities. Sometimes referred to as the “Saussurean doctrine,” this hierarchical conceptual apparatus becomes revised in favor of a horizontal set of relations, which co-involves speaking subjects and linguistic structures. This book documents the continued relevance of Saussure’s linguistics in the 21st Century, and it sheds light on its legacy within structuralism and phenomenology. The reader can consult the book on its own, or in tandem with the 1916 Course.

Thanks to dmf for the link.

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1 Response to Beata Stawarska, Saussure’s Linguistics, Structuralism, and Phenomenology: The Course in General Linguistics after a Century – Palgrave, 2020 and link to discussion

  1. dmf says:

    limited in my library access these days but this is on the list if we ever get back to public spaces, I for one bought and spread the post-structuralist part line on Saussure.

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