- Series: Open Court Classics
- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: Open Court; Reprint edition (December 30, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812690230
- ISBN-13: 978-0812690231
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Course in General Linguistics (Open Court Classics) Reprint Edition
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I am delighted that Wade Baskin's classic translation is back in print, especially since Saussy and Meisel's judicious updating and summary of recent scholarly discoveries make this an invaluable resource for English readers. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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This book is not particularly difficult; it's a bit dry, but what can you expect from a linguistics class? If you read it carefully, you'll have no problem grasping what he is saying... and, when you are done, you will be well on your way to understanding what people like Lacan, Derrida and Foucault are trying to say. (You'll also be well along your way to understanding Claude Levi-Strauss, who attempted to do for anthropology what Saussure did for linguistics). If you want to understand modern philosophy, Saussure is as indispensible as Marx or Freud. Combine this with *Saussure for Beginners* and you'll pick up Saussure's train of thought in no time.
That said, do not be fooled into buying the cheaper 'Open Court Classics' edition of the 'Cours', in a translation by Roy Harris. For most purposes, the Columbia University Press edition, a 2011 revision of the classic Wade Baskin translation by Perry Meisel, is best. Unfortunately, that is also why it is more than double the price.
An example: Compare p.67 of the Open Court Harris translation with p.67 of the Columbia Meisel edition: In the former, the sign is divided into 'signal' and 'signification', whereas in the latter, the sign is divided into 'signifier' and 'signified'.
While one may debate the relative virtues of these terminologies, the latter is almost universally used and recognized, while I for one have never heard anyone utter the former. Certainly, anyone reading this work for the first time would benefit from encountering it in the same terms as their disciplinary peers.