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 (sō-so͝or′, -sür′), Ferdinand de 1857-1913.
Swiss linguist. The founder of structural linguistics, he declared that there is only an arbitrary relationship between a linguistic sign and that which it signifies. The posthumously published collection of his lectures, Course in General Linguistics (1916), is a seminal work of modern linguistics.


, Horace-Bénédict de 1740-1799.
Swiss scientist and mountaineer who made many ascents in the Alps to pursue his research in geology and meteorology. He proposed, and eventually awarded (1786), a prize for the first ascent of Mont Blanc.
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(French sosyr)
(Biography) Ferdinand de (fɛrdinɑ̃ də). 1857–1913, Swiss linguist. He pioneered structuralism in linguistics and the separation of scientific language description from historical philological studies
Sausˈsurean adj, n
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(Fr. soʊˈsür)

Ferdinand de, 1857–1913, Swiss linguist.
Saus•sur•e•an (soʊˈsʊər i ən, -ˈsyʊər-) adj.
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Noun1.Saussure - Swiss linguist and expert in historical linguistics whose lectures laid the foundations for synchronic linguistics (1857-1913)
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There were maps of mountains on the walls; also one or two lithographs of celebrated guides, and a portrait of the scientist De Saussure.
1 and 2--being those of Jacques Balmat and De Saussure, in 1787, and ending with No.
There was a statue to him, and another to De Saussure, in the hall of our hotel, and a metal plate on the door of a room upstairs bore an inscription to the effect that that room had been occupied by Albert Smith.
Most of us who read in English will know his teacher: Saussure; his friends: Collette, Apollinaire, Jarry, Valery; and the artists he's influenced: Wilde, Borges, and Bolano, better than we know Marcel Schwob (1867-1905).
Abracris flavolineata (De Geer, 1773) Ommatolampinae Aidemona azteca (saussure, 1861) Melanoplinae Chromacris colorata (serville, 1838) Romaleinae Heliastus sumichrasti (saussure, 1861) Oedipodinae Lactista pellepidus saussure, 1884 Oedipodinae Lethus sp.
He describes its origins in the work of Saussure, Baktin, and Kristeva and its evolution through Barthes and the text unbound; Genette and Riffaterre's structuralist approaches; situated readers of Bloom, feminism, and postcolonialism; and postmodern conclusions to the state of intertextuality today.
La caracteristique du mot la plus adequate de nos jours a ete lancee par Ferdinand de Saussure dans son Cours de linguistique generale donne a l'Universite de Geneve, au debut du siecle.
Ferdinand de Saussure, who is considered by many as a founding father of linguistics, brought light to the importance of viewing language as a system of differences.
As early as 1916, in Course in General Linguistics , noted Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure identified language as being composed of two parts: (a) langue or the rules within which language occurred and (b) parole or the way it was actually spoken in a given milieu.