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Language, Saussure and Wittgenstein

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Language, Saussure and Wittgenstein by Roy Harris
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Saussure as a linguist and Wittgenstein as a philosopher of language are arguably the two most important figures in the development of twentieth century linguistic thought. Each was a revolutionary within his own discipline. Each had a far-reaching influence outside his own discipline. Each has given rise, independently, to a large corpus of interpretation, translation, exegesis and criticism. Surprisingly, however, little attempt has been made hitherto to interrelate these two thinkers or make a detailed comparison of their views about language. By pointing out what their ideas have in common, in spite of emanating from very different intellectual sources, this study, now available in paperback, breaks new ground. It also raises challenging questions about the radical break which the work of Saussure and Wittgenstein provoked with traditional assumptions about the role of language in human affairs.
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October 25th, 1990
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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