John E. Joseph

In a language there are only differences without positive terms. Whether we take the signified or the signifier, the language contains neither ideas nor sounds that pre-exist the linguistic system, but only conceptual differences and phonic differences issuing from this system. (From the posthumous Course in General Linguistics, 1916.)

No one becomes as famous as Saussure without both admirers and detractors reducing them to a paragraphs worth of ideas that can be readily quoted, debated, memorized, and examined. One can argue the ideas expressed above - that language is composed of a system of acoustic oppositions (the signifier) matched by social convention to a system of conceptual oppositions (the signified) - have in some sense become Saussure, while the human being, in all his complexity, has disappeared. In the
first comprehensive biography of Ferdinand de Saussure, John Joseph restores the full character and history of a man who is considered the founder of modern linguistics and whose ideas have influenced literary theory, philosophy, cultural studies, and virtually every other branch of humanities and the
social sciences.

Through a far-reaching account of Saussures life and the time in which he lived, we learn about the history of Geneva, of Genevese educational institutions, of linguistics, about Saussures ancestry, about his childhood, his education, the fortunes of his relatives, and his personal life in Paris. John Joseph intersperses all these discussions with accounts of Saussures research and the courses he taught highlighting the ways in which knowing about his friendships and family history can help
us understand not only his thoughts and ideas but also his utter failure to publish any major work after the age of twenty-one.

Ferdinand de Saussure: Cours de linguistique générale

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