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Re-reading Saussure : the dynamics of signs in social life

Author: Paul J Thibault
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1997.
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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.  Read more...
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Thibault, Paul J.
Re-reading Saussure.
London ; New York : Routledge, 1997
(OCoLC)605458583
Named Person: Ferdinand de Saussure; Ferdinand de Saussure; Ferdinand de Saussure; Ferdinand de Saussure
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul J Thibault
ISBN: 0415104106 9780415104104 0415104114 9780415104111
OCLC Number: 34150155
Description: xxii, 360 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Defining the object of study --
2. Saussure's social-semiological metatheory --
3. Saussure's three conceptions of the language system --
4. The time-dependent nature of langue: the dialectic of synchrony and diachrony --
5. Parole and the individual --
6. The speech circuit: cross-coupling the individual with the system --
7. Linguistic value and how language construes the world --
8. Linguistic and economic value: a homology --
9. The linguistic sign --
10. The symbolic character of the sign --
11. Dimensions of contextualization: the mechanism of langue --
12. Arbitrariness and motivation in the sign --
13. Making and motivating signs in discourse.
Responsibility: Paul J. Thibault.
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Through a detailed re-reading of Saussures's work in the light of contemporary developments in the human, life and physical sciences, Paul Thibault provides the means to redefine and refocus our  Read more...

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"Far and away the best book on Saussure's "Cours that I know of...meticulously detailed, scrupulous, well-informed...a fundamentally challenging text."<br>-Gunther Kress, University of London <br>

 
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