A linearidade saussuriana em restrospecto

Abstract : Taking into account of the manuscripts of Ferninand de Saussure changes considerably the contours of saussurian linguistics as designed by the Cours de linguistique générale, published posthumously. This statement is true especially for the concept of "linearity". Its is addressed in a very succinct way in the Cours de linguistique générale. The adjective linear occurs only twice and applies sometimes to the sign, sometimes to the language. The object of the article is to exhume the variations and the productivity of a reflection about linearity of which the posthume publication of 1916 does not give full account. We observe, from the manuscripts writings of the linguist and the study books of the students, the genesis, the development and the terminological variations – ‘consecutivity’, ‘unispatiality’ - of this concept in the saussurian thought. This path leads to isolate, in the study books dedicated to the search of anagrams, the part in which Saussure makes the linear succession inherent in the facts of language "the core principle of all usefull reflection on words".
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Pierre-Yves Testenoire. A linearidade saussuriana em restrospecto. Cadernos de Historiographia Linguistica do CEDOCH, 2017, Por ocasião do centenário do Curso de Linguística Geral (1916), 2, p. 89-109. ⟨hal-01532126⟩



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