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Ferdinand de Saussure

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Biography - Ferdinand de Saussure:

Swiss linguist and semiotician.
Born: 1857 - Died: 1913
Period:
20th century
19th century
Place of birth: Switzerland
Switzerland

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Language can also be compared with a sheet of paper: thought is the front and the sound the back; one cannot cut the front with out cutting the back at the same time; likewise in language, one can neither divide sound from thought nor thought from sound;
Ferdinand de Saussure - Course in General Linguistics



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Source: Course in General Linguistics

Wikisource - Saussure - Cours de linguistique générale (fr)




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French
La langue est encore comparable à une feuille de papier : la pensée est le recto et le son le verso ; on ne peut découper le recto sans découper en même temps le verso ; de même dans la langue, on ne saurait isoler ni le son de la pensée, ni la pensée du son ;”
Ferdinand de Saussure - Cours de linguistique générale

German
Die Sprache ist ferner vergleichbar mit einem Blatt Papier: das Denken ist die Vorderseite und der Laut die Rückseite ; man kann die Vorderseite nicht zerschneiden, ohne zugleich die Rückseite zu zerschneiden, so wenig kann der Gedanke vom Laut getrennt werden.”
Ferdinand de Saussure - Cours de linguistique générale




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It is often easier to discover a truth than to assign to it its proper place.”
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Speech has both an individual and a social side, and we cannot conceive of one without the other.”
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Language is a system of signs that express ideas.”
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Time changes all things; there is no reason why language should escape this universal law.”
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Language is a system whose parts can and must all be considered in their synchronic solidarity.”
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The value of just any term is accordingly determined by its environment.”
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