RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 34150155 LA English T1 Re-reading Saussure : the dynamics of signs in social life A1 Thibault, Paul J., PB Routledge PP London; New York YR 1997 SN 0415104106 9780415104104 0415104114 9780415104111 AB Through a detailed re-reading of Saussure's work in the light of contemporary developments in the human, life and physical sciences, Paul Thibault provides us with the means to re-define and re-focus our theories of social meaning-making. Saussure's theory of language is generally considered to be a formal theory of abstract sign-types and systems, separate from our individual and social practices of making meaning. In this challenging book, Thibault presents a different view of Saussure. Paying close attention to the original texts, including Cours de linguistique generale, he demonstrates that Saussure was centrally concerned with trying to formulate a theory of how meanings are made. Re-reading Saussure does more than simply engage with Saussure's theory in a new and up-to-date way. In addition to demonstrating the continuing viability of Saussure's thinking through a range of examples, it makes an important intervention in contemporary linguistic and semiotic debate.