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Beyond Pure ReasonFerdinand de Saussure's Philosophy of Language and Its Early Romantic Antecedents$
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Boris Gasparov

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157803

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157803.001.0001

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The Writings

The Writings

(p.37) Two The Writings
Beyond Pure Reason

Boris Gasparov

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines Saussure's writings. In the early 1890s, Saussure began to put down his thoughts on paper the moment they occurred to him, without giving heed to what preceded or would follow and with little consideration for coherent rhetorical presentation or even grammar. For years he continued this fragmentary writing and it took almost a century, and a tremendous amount of editorial work, before his notes began to be made public in close to their original form. In the 1990s, the available corpus of Saussure's writing about language and linguistics expanded when a large cache of his papers was accidentally discovered in the hothouse of his family's mansion. This finding resulted in a new, comprehensive edition of Saussure's writings on general linguistics, in which the new material was added to that introduced by Robert Godel and incorporated into Rudolf Engler's critical edition of the Course in General Linguistics.

Keywords:   Ferdinand de Saussure, writings, linguistics, language, Robert Godel, Rudolf Engler

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