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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.
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