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Almost a century after his death, the ideas of Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure (1857-1913) are still debated and discussed within linguistics and other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. As Sanders (French, Univ. of Surrey, UK) notes in her introduction, this collection attempts to take a "fresh look" at Saussure's work and its impact on scholarship in Europe and the US, including its continued influence today. Written by European and North American scholars in linguistics, philosophy, and French, the essays provide multiple viewpoints on Saussure's renowned Course in General Linguistics and also on his less-known early work and recently discovered manuscripts. An excellent complement to David Holdcroft's Saussure: Signs, System, and Arbitrariness (1991), this book offers varied perspectives, including discussions of Saussure and American linguistics, and the Russian critique. Both the essays and the extensive bibliography will be useful to scholars in linguistics and related fields. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Graduate and research collections. D. Amsberry CUNY La Guardia Community College
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