Ferdinand de Saussure Quotes & Sayings

19 most famous Ferdinand de Saussure quotes and sayings (educator). These are the first 10 quotes we have.

“It is only since linguistics has become more aware of its object of study, i.e. perceives the whole extent of it, that it is evident that this science can make a contribution to a range of studies that will be of interest to almost anyone.”
Ferdinand de Saussure Quotes
“Everyone, left to his own devices, forms an idea about what goes on in language which is very far from the truth.”
Ferdinand de Saussure Quotes
“It is one of the aims of linguistics to define itself, to recognise what belongs within its domain. In those cases where it relies upon psychology, it will do so indirectly, remaining independent.”
Ferdinand de Saussure Quotes
“A linguistic system is a series of differences of sound combined with a series of differences of ideas.”
Ferdinand de Saussure Quotes
“Any psychology of sign systems will be part of social psychology - that is to say, will be exclusively social; it will involve the same psychology as is applicable in the case of languages.”
Ferdinand de Saussure Quotes
“The first of these phases is that of grammar, invented by the Greeks and carried on unchanged by the French. It never had any philosophical view of a language as such.”
Ferdinand de Saussure Quotes
“Whitney wanted to eradicate the idea that in the case of a language we are dealing with a natural faculty; in fact, social institutions stand opposed to natural institutions.”
Ferdinand de Saussure Quotes
“Henceforth, language studies were no longer directed merely towards correcting grammar.”
Ferdinand de Saussure Quotes
“It is useful to the historian, among others, to be able to see the commonest forms of different phenomena, whether phonetic, morphological or other, and how language lives, carries on and changes over time.”
“In fact, from then on scholars engaged in a kind of game of comparing different Indo-European languages with one another, and eventually they could not fail to wonder what exactly these connections showed, and how they should be interpreted in concrete terms.”

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