W. Terrence Gordon. Illustrated by Abbe Lubell.


Ferdinand de Saussure’s work is so powerful
that it not only redefined modern linguistics,
it also opened our minds to new ways of
approaching anthropology, literary criticism, and
psychoanalysis.By 1911, he had taught a general
linguistics course only three times. Upon his death,
however, his students were so inspired by his
teachings that they published them as the “Course
in General Linguistics.” Saussure For Beginners
takes you through this course, points out the
unifying principles, and shows how these ideas
migrated from linguistics to other subjects.

Saussure For Beginners