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Ferdinand de Saussure

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A linguistic system is a series of differences of sound combined with a series of differences of ideas.

— Ferdinand de Saussure

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Henceforth, language studies were no longer directed merely towards correcting grammar.

— Ferdinand de Saussure

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The first of these phases is that of grammar, invented by the Greeks and carried on unchanged by the French. It never had any philosophical view of a language as such.

— Ferdinand de Saussure

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A language presupposes that all the individual users possess the organs.

— Ferdinand de Saussure

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Any psychology of sign systems will be part of social psychology - that is to say, will be exclusively social; it will involve the same psychology as is applicable in the case of languages.

— Ferdinand de Saussure

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Everyone, left to his own devices, forms an idea about what goes on in language which is very far from the truth.

— Ferdinand de Saussure

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It is one of the aims of linguistics to define itself, to recognise what belongs within its domain. In those cases where it relies upon psychology, it will do so indirectly, remaining independent.

— Ferdinand de Saussure

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Linguistics will have to recognise laws operating universally in language, and in a strictly rational manner, separating general phenomena from those restricted to one branch of languages or another.

— Ferdinand de Saussure

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Nearly all institutions, it might be said, are based on signs, but these signs do not directly evoke things.

— Ferdinand de Saussure

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The critical principle demanded an examination, for instance, of the contribution of different periods, thus to some extent embarking on historical linguistics.

— Ferdinand de Saussure

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Equally crucial although often overlooked or misapplied is the dimension of the syntagmatic and paradigmatic axis of linguistic description.  
This volume which consists mostly of material previously publiFerdinand de Saussured by Engler includes an attempt at reconstructing a text from a set of Saussure's manuscript pages headed "The Double Essence of Language" found in 1996 in Geneva. Trager Rulon S.

The fundamental dimensions of linguistic organization introduced by Saussure are still basic to many approaches to how the phenomenon of language can be approached even though they have naturally been extended and refined considerably over time. This typically twentieth-century view of language has profoundly influenced developments throughout the whole range of human sciences. Words are not mere vocal labels or communicational adjuncts superimposed upon an already given order of things.

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