Saussurean cartooning

On Trust me, I’m a “Linguist”‘s page, a link to a custom comic by stereotypist:


The linguistic sign in pictures:

Ferdinand de Saussure emphasized that

The linguistic sign unites, not a thing and a name, but a concept and a sound image.

So the sign is a “double entity”. In the cartoon, the signifier and the signified are indeed (eventually) united; they end up “makin’ time” with one another, courting and flirting, on the way to becoming One.

On Saussure’s great work:

Course in General Linguistics (Cours de linguistique générale) is an influential book compiled by Charles Bally and Albert Sechehaye that is based on notes taken from Ferdinand de Saussure’s lectures at the University of Geneva between the years 1906 and 1911. It was published posthumously in 1916 and is generally regarded as the starting point of structural linguistics, an approach to linguistics that flourished in Europe and the United States in the first half of the 20th century. (link)

3 Responses to “Saussurean cartooning”

  1. John Lawler Says:

    Ceci n’est pas un arbre.

  2. Prabodh Says:

    c’set vrai.

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