One hundred years after the Course in General Linguistics: a review of the work of Ferdinand de Saussure

Jorge Soto-Almela – Universitat de València, España


Jorge Soto-Almela, 2017: "Cien años después del Curso de lingüística general: una revisión a la obra de Ferdinand de Saussure", Onomázein 38, 213-232.
DOI: 10.7764/onomazein.38.09

Abstract:
In 1916, Ferdinand de Saussure’s Course in General Linguistics was published posthumously. In this work, his disciples, Charles Bally and Albert Sechehaye, collected the Geneva teacher’s lessons that have come to us until our days. Specifically, well-known concepts such as language/speech, synchrony/diachrony… and, of course, the concept of linguistic sign.
It have been a century since this work that is considered foundational of so-called European structuralism was published; our goal is to review these concepts as they were expressed then, so that the aim is to make a critical analysis on some current interpretations which, to our understanding, distort the primeval saussurean concept. Also, other aim is to contextualize some of the objectives that have been traced in this work according to the linguistic theory (or, rather, ideology ) of the moment and hope to pick up the most relevant contributions of postsassurean structuralism.