The 'Social' and the 'Cognitive' in Language. A Reading of Saussure, and Beyond

Franson Manjali 1
1 School of Language, Literature, and Cultural Studies
School of Language, Literature, and Cultural Studies, Programme franco-indien
Abstract : The paper explores in depth the intertwining of the social and the cognitive aspects of language in Ferdinand de Saussure's classic Course in General Linguistics. This text has been put to new use recently by philosopher Patrice Maniglier, La Vie énigmatique des signes. The central problem for Maniglier is the resuscitation of the Saussure's central notion of the 'sign' in the context of AI [artificial intelligence] / Cognitive Science. The main question is whether a naturally and mechanically arising linguistic 'sign' can remain indefinitely open-ended in the sense of the poststructuralists, and whether new cognitive 'cultural milieus' are continuously created on the basis of human contacts. Saussure seems to have much to say on this.
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