Genèse d'un principe saussurien : la linéarité

Abstract : As we know, Saussure's body of work is eminently problematic. At first, his thinking was only known through Course in General Linguistics, compiled after his death by two of his peers from students' notebooks. Half a century later, the discoveries of those notebooks and of self-written documents, will cast a new light on his thinking. Studying Saussure's work and its meaning has to include this paradox: he did not publish what he wrote, and did not write what has been published under his name. In this article, we would like to focus on one of the linguistic principles uncovered by Saussure: the linearity of the signal. That concept, along with the arbitrariness of the sign, forms one of the two major characteristics of the linguistic sign as defined in his teachings. We will develop how this concept elaborates itself over his career through unfinished handwritten pieces about: phonetics, legendary research, anagrams in antique poetry... With this example, through the variations of those handwritten pieces, their deletions, their blanks, and the changes in terminology they include, we will show that here is a way to understand the genesis of Saussure's thinking.
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Pierre-Yves Testenoire. Genèse d'un principe saussurien : la linéarité. Recto/Verso, ITEM (Institut des Textes et Manuscrits Modernes), 2010, Genèse de la pensée II : cheminements et procédures, 6. ⟨hal-01395909⟩



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