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Ferdinand De Saussure Quotes

It is useful to the historian, among others, to be able to see the commonest forms of different phenomena, whether phonetic, morphological or other, and how language lives, carries on and changes over time.
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Psychologically our thought-apart from its expression in words-is only a shapeless and indistinct mass.

— Ferdinand De Saussure

Speech has both an individual and a social side, and we cannot conceive of one without the other.

— Ferdinand De Saussure

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

— Ferdinand De Saussure

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

Within speech, words are subject to a kind of relation that is independent of the first and based on their linkage: these are syntagmatic relations, of which I have spoken.

— Ferdinand De Saussure

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

— Ferdinand De Saussure

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

The connection between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary.

— Ferdinand De Saussure

The ultimate law of language is, dare we say, that nothing can ever reside in a single term. This is a direct consequence of the fact that linguistic signs are unrelated to what they designate and that, therefore, 'a' cannot designate anything without the the aid of 'b' and vice versa, or, in other words, that both have value only by the difference between them.

— Ferdinand De Saussure

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