Podcast episode 12: Language as a system – Ferdinand de Saussure

In this episode, we look at Ferdinand de Saussure’s contributions to linguistics, which are widely considered to be foundational to the later movement of structuralism.

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References for Episode 12

Primary Sources

Bloomfield, Leonard (1924), Review of Saussure (1922), Modern Language Journal 8, 317–319. DOI: 10.2307/313991

Bréal, Michel (1897), Essai de sémantique (science des significations), Paris: Hachette. archive.org
(Engl. trans.: (1900), Semantics: Studies in the science of meaning, trans. by Nina Cust, London: Heinemann. archive.org)

Brugman, Karl (1876), ‘Nasalis sonans in der indogermanischen Grundsprache’, Studien zur griechischen und lateinischen Grammatik 9: 285–338. archive.org

Kuryłowicz, Jerzy (1927), ‘ə indo-européen et h hittite’, in Symbolae grammaticae in honorem Ioannis Rozwadowski, vol. I, Krakow: Gebethner & Wolff, pp. 95–104.

Möller, Hermann (1880), Review of F. Kluge, Beiträge zur Geschichte der germanischen Conjugation, Straßburg: K. J. Trübner (1879), Englische Studien 3: 148–164. archive.org

Paul, Hermann (1920 [1880]), Prinzipien der Sprachgeschichte, Halle an der Saale: Niemeyer. archive.org
(English trans.: (1891), Principles of the history of language, trans. H. A. Strong, London: Longmans, Green and co. archive.org)

Saussure, Ferdinand de (1879), Mémoire sur le système primitif des voyelles dans les langues indo-européennes, Leipzig: B.G. Teubner. archive.org

Saussure, Ferdinand de (1922 [1916]), Cours de linguistique générale, ed. by Charles Bally and Albert Sechehaye, Paris: Payot. 3rd edition, 1931: BNF Gallica
(English translation: Ferdinand de Saussure, 1959 [1916], Course in General Linguistics, trans. by Wade Baskin, New York: Philosophical Library. 2011 edition available from archive.org)

Secondary Sources

Joseph, John E. (2012), Saussure, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Joseph, John E. (2017), ‘Ferdinand de Saussure’, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199384655.013.385

Koerner, E.F. Konrad (2008), ‘Hermann Paul and general linguistic theory’, Language Sciences 30: 102–132. DOI: 10.1016/j.langsci.2006.10.001

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