LINGUIST List 21.4091

Fri Oct 15 2010

Books: Linguistic Theories/General Ling: Bouissac

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        1.     Jennifer Tighe , Saussure: A Guide For The Perplexed: Bouissac

Message 1: Saussure: A Guide For The Perplexed: Bouissac
Date: 06-Oct-2010
From: Jennifer Tighe <>
Subject: Saussure: A Guide For The Perplexed: Bouissac
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Title: Saussure: A Guide For The Perplexed Series Title: Guides for the Perplexed Published: 2010 Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd

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Author: Paul Bouissac Electronic: ISBN: 9781441105677 Pages: 160 Price: U.K. £ 45.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781441120687 Pages: 160 Price: U.K. £ 45.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9781441186010 Pages: 160 Price: U.K. £ 14.99

Ferdinand de Saussure (1857-1913) is generally considered one of the mainfounders of modern linguistics and semiotics. The book that was derivedfrom his teaching, the Course in General Linguistics, had a lasting impacton the intellectual life of the 20th century and remains today an object ofdebates and controversies.

This Guide for the Perplexed introduces the reader to the ways in whichSaussure developed his revolutionary insights on language in the context ofthe linguistics of his time. It also provides clear definitions andexplanations of the basic notions that form the substance of his work, withrelevant examples of how they apply to the understanding of language andother symbolic systems. The book demonstrates how Saussure's ideashave subsequently been used in the humanities and social sciences. Itconcludes by pointing to the continuing relevance of the theoretical andpractical problems that were articulated by Saussure.

This is the ideal book for those studying Saussure, structural linguisticsor semantics and semiotics, offering a clear overview and explanation ofall the key aspects of this fascinating linguist's work.

"During the last decade, the tide has turned in Saussure studies. No longerthe reference point of a half-baked structuralism (and some even morefoolish cultural theory) based on a book he never even wrote, Saussure iscoming to be regarded as a remarkable linguist in his own right, making asignificant contribution to the understanding of communication and culture.The current volume, by someone who is not just a competent semiotician buta giant of contemporary semiotics, explains and assesses Saussure'sbequest to sign study. Paul Bouissac's Saussure: A Guide for the Perplexedprints the bigger picture, not just the legend, and helps to open up a wholenew era in the analysis of the cultural sign."Paul Cobley, Reader in Communications London Metropolitan University, UK

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics                             Linguistic Theories                             Semantics
Written In: English (eng )

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