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The Course in General Linguistics. 1916-2016

The Course in General Linguistics of Ferdinand de Saussure is one of the key works of the 20th century, a seminal text in Europe and across the world for the development not just of modern linguistics but for the whole of the social sciences and humanities. Its impact has not been limited to those strands of research that build directly upon its heritage, but has been no less strong on those that position themselves in opposition to it.

It was published in June 1916, three years after Saussure’s death. Much ink has been spilt describing the conditions under which the book was assembled and published, in the middle of WWI, no less. Questions remain however, and this centenary – closing a period of commemorations that began with the 150th anniversary of Saussure’s birth in 2007 – provides an occasion for addressing them and many related ones.

The Cercle Ferdinand de Saussure is organizing several meetings, directly or through the efforts of its members and with the support and collaboration of numerous institutions. Not all the dates have been fixed, but this website is meant to keep the international scholarly community informed of these events and to make it possible for a broad range of researchers to take part in this unique moment in post-Saussurean studies.

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