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    Opposition, Comparison, and Associativity: On Luis J. Prieto as a Reader of the Cours de Linguistique Générale.E. Israel Chávez Barreto - 2022 - Sign Systems Studies 50 (1):54-77.
    This paper aims to show the role played by the relations of comparison and associativity, as they are introduced in Saussure’s Cours de linguistique générale, in the theories of Luis J. Prieto. This is done, first, on the basis of a historiographical approach, and second, on the basis of an exegetical approach to Prieto’s works. Thus, the paper first presents and analyses three programmes, corresponding to three courses Prieto gave at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba during the early 1950s. The (...)
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    Can Linguistics and Semiotics Conceive Man Without Language?Emanuele Fadda - 2022 - Sign Systems Studies 50 (1):78-89.
    Saussure’s refusal to adopt a biological perspective in linguistics and to consider the problem of the origin of language does not imply a struggle against the natural and biological aspects of language. Rather, it derives from the awareness that it is impossible to look at language “from the outside” if one wants to drop into the perspective of the speaking subjects. This tendency to consider the nature of language “from within” has a strong philosophical importance.
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    Saussure’s Dichotomies and the Shapes of Structuralist Semiotics.John E. Joseph - 2022 - Sign Systems Studies 50 (1):11-37.
    The Cours de linguistique générale, which became the master text for structuralist linguistics and semiotics, is characterized by a series of dichotomies. Some of them, e.g. langue and parole, signified and signifier, arbitrary and motivated, are very well known, others less so. This paper looks at Saussure’s semiotics in terms of these dichotomies, and considers how later critiques, such as Voloshinov’s, and reformulations, particularly Hjelmslev’s and the concept of enunciation which emerged conjointly in the work of Jakobson, Lacan, Dubois, Benveniste (...)
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    The Term ‘Biosemiotik’ in the 19th Century.Kalevi Kull - 2022 - Sign Systems Studies 50 (1):173-178.
    Tracing the emergence of biosemiotics, attention can be drawn to the very early usage of the term ‘biosemiotics’ in the writings of Austrian chemist Vincenz Kletzinsky that dates back to the 1850s. In the same decade, Kletzinsky also proved to be among the first to use the terms ‘biochemistry’ and ‘biophysics’.
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    Posterity of Saussure’s Sign in the Study of Cultural Meanings: A Dialogue Between Barthes and Hjelmslev.Alain Perusset - 2022 - Sign Systems Studies 50 (1):38-53.
    Saussure’s proposals on the sign, formulated more than a century ago in 1916, continue to exert an undisputed authority on linguistics and social sciences. In semiotics, the dyadic model of the sign is continuously used, even in the context of reflections on non-linguistic objects. The tendency in semiotics has been to adopt the Saussurean theory of the sign and enhance it with Hjelmslev’s findings, which has led to Hjelmslev becoming as significant as Saussure in the field of semiotics. In particular, (...)
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  6. Is Language a System of Signs? Lenin, Saussure and the Theory of Hieroglyphics.Patrick Sériot - 2022 - Sign Systems Studies 50 (1):143-162.
    This paper strives to pursue two goals at the same time: how can one get to know in depth the intellectual life of the USSR in the 1930s–1950s; and, what can the virulent anti-Saussurean criticism in Russia at that time tell us about the specificity of the Marxist-Leninist theory of signs? We propose the following angle of attack: the recurring theme of this criticism, namely that Saussure’s Cours presents a “theory of hieroglyphics”, therefore a type of “bourgeois idealist” theory that (...)
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    Sign, Function and Life: Thinking Epistemologically About Biosemiotics.Anne-Gaëlle Toutain - 2022 - Sign Systems Studies 50 (1):90-132.
    This article focuses on an epistemological analysis, Bachelardian and Saussurean, of the problematics of biosemiotics. This discipline is first characterized in its general features, and in contrast with biolinguistics – a characterization that allows us to see its foundation on the traditional definition of the sign. Then, the Saussurean break with this traditional definition is explained, and with it the theorization which is constitutive of the Saussurean concept of language, explaining the given: the idioms. Biosemiotics appears in this “recurrent light” (...)
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  8. Ferdinand de Saussure. USSR. 1950….Ekaterina Velmezova - 2022 - Sign Systems Studies 50 (1):163-172.
    During the linguistic discussion organized in the Soviet newspaper Pravda in 1950, Ferdinand de Saussure was mentioned only a few times, but the corresponding references are important from the point of view of both the opinions about Saussure that were prevalent in Soviet linguistics before the discussion, and in light of its evolution afterwards. In 1950, both a supporter and an opponent of Marrist linguistics, Ivan Meschaninov and Arnold Chikobava respectively, unconditionally agreed on at least one thing: namely, that the (...)
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    Language as an “Independent Unit”: Ferdinand de Saussure Vs. Paul Boyer.Daria Zalesskaya - 2022 - Sign Systems Studies 50 (1):133-142.
    Didactics and semiotics are two fields that have been interconnected for a long time. Russian language teaching in France in the 20th century, especially in its first half, had several interesting didactic features closely related to the understanding of Ferdinand de Saussure’s theoretical conceptions. Through the works of influential Slavist professor Paul Boyer, some of Ferdinand de Saussure’s ideas became reflected in French didactics in a particular way, providing the basis for a new method of teaching Russian as a foreign (...)
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