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Juli Blome

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Transcript of Structuralism

The Linguistic Sign
Saussure vs. Ogden&Richards
Linguistic Schools
based on Structuralism
Prague School: functionalism
Nikolai Trubetzkoy, Roman Jakobson
Distinction of phonetics and phonology
Paris School
Lucien Tensière, André Martinet
Valency theory, dependence grammar
American functionalism/distributionalsim
Noam Chomsky
Generative transformational grammar
Copenhagen school
Viggo Brøndal, Louis Hjelshelv
Semiotics, semiology
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'Cours de Linguistique Générale'
Lecture given in Geneva 1907-1911
Book published 1916
de Saussure

Langue as a System
Langage = Langue and Parole
Langage: speech or ability to speak
Langue: system of Rules --> grammar
Parole: realization of rules --> utterances
Diachronic and Synchronic
Examines language change over time
Examines language at one specific point of time

Diachronic: the development of the expression "knight"
O.E. cniht "boy, youth; servant, attendant"
"to make a knight of (someone)," early 13c
Rank of nobility in 15c --> knight
Synchronic: examine Shakespeare's works
signifier/ image acoustique
Characteristics of the Linguistic Sign
Syntagmatic and Paradigmatic
Langue and Parole
Diachronic and Synchronic
Syntagmatic and Paradigmatic
Signifier and Signified
Comparative-historical tradition
Studied Sanskrit
Greek and Latin origins of expressions
Words, as every one now knows, 'mean' nothing by themselves [...] It is only when a thinker makes use of them that they stand for anything, or, in one sense, have 'meaning.' They are instruments. But besides this referential use[...] words have only functions which may be grouped together.(Ogden&Richards, 9f)

This may be illustrated by a diagram [...] Between a thought and a symbol causal relations hold. When we speak, the symbolism we employ is caused partly by the reference we are making and partly by social and psychological factors - the purpose for which we are making the reference, the proposed effect of the symbols on other persons, and our own attitude. When we hear what is said, the symbols both cause us to perform an act of reference and to assume an attitude which will, according to circumstances, be more or less similar to the act and the attitude of the speaker. (Ogden&Richards, 10f)

Between the Thought and the Referent there is also a relation; more or less direct [colours] or indirect[Napoleon]. (Ogden&Richards,11)
Meaning arises from the differences between signifiers
Combination of lexemes into phrases/sentences
→ Positioning of lexemes
relations (associative relations):
Interchange of lexemes according to syntactical rules
--> Substitution of lexemes
/ / vs. [ ]
Chess game
Neogrammarians (Junggrammatiker)
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