Beata Stawarska’s book on Saussure’s linguistics published in Persian

January 24, 2023 - 18:23

TEHRAN – “Saussure’s Linguistics, Structuralism and Phenomenology: The Course in General Linguistics after a Century” by Beata Stawarska has been published in Persian.

Sahand Elhami is the translator of the book published by Markaz.

This is the first English-language guidebook geared at an interdisciplinary audience that reflects relevant scholarly developments related to the legacy and legitimacy of Ferdinand de Saussure’s Course in General Linguistics (1916) today. 

It critically assesses the relation between materials from the course and from the linguist’s Nachlass (works unpublished or even unknown at Saussure’s death, some of them recently discovered). 

This book pays close attention to the set of oppositional pairings: the signifier and the signified, la langue (language system) and la parole (speech), and synchrony and diachrony, which became the hallmark of structuralism across the humanities. 

Sometimes referred to as the “Saussurean doctrine,” this hierarchical conceptual apparatus becomes revised in favor of a horizontal set of relations, which co-involves speaking subjects and linguistic structures. 

This book documents the continued relevance of Saussure’s linguistics in the 21st century, and it sheds light on its legacy within structuralism and phenomenology. 

The reader can consult the book on its own, or in tandem with the 1916 Course.

Stawarska is a professor of philosophy at the University of Oregon, USA.

Photo: Front cover of the Persian edition of Beata Stawarska’s book “Saussure’s Linguistics, Structuralism, and Phenomenology”.