Course in General Linguistics, Ferdinand de Saussure (1857-1913), Background and Formulation by Michel Bréal (1832-1915)
1. What has driven Saussure to formulate the arbitrariness of the sign principle in the CGL?
2. Which issues, related to this principle, had been thematized before the CGL (i) in Saussure’s works and (ii) in which contexts did Bréal refer to it?
3. What kind of relation is possible between naming things (nominalization and identification) and functional language mechanisms, according to Saussure and Bréal’s theoretical views?
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