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By Robert W. Preucel

This publication explores the a number of ways that archaeologists provide desiring to the prior, highlighting debates over the ontological and epistemological prestige of the self-discipline and comparing present responses to those matters. Explains why absolute foundations in archaeology are insufficient and appears on the possible choices. Highlights debates over the ontological and epistemological prestige of the self-discipline and evaluates present responses to those issues.Defines a brand new house for archaeological discourse and discussion.

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The Bibliotheque also received some of Saussure’s unpublished manuscripts from his sons in 1955, Emile Constantin’s notes on the third course in 1958, and Albert Riedlinger’s notes on the first and third courses in 1979. These papers have now been collated and edited by Robert Godel as Cahiers Ferdinand de Saussure (Saussure 1957) and by Rudolf Engler (Saussure 1968, 1974). Bouquet and Engler have edited a set of papers and published them as Ecrits de linguistic générale (Saussure 2002). Semiology and Structural Lingustics Saussure defined linguistics as the scientific study of human language in all its varied manifestations.

Saussure and His Legacy 31 The language system can thus be understood as a sequence of linked signs. He writes, “(w)hether we take the signified or the signifier, language has neither ideas nor sounds that existed before the linguistic system, but only conceptual and phonetic differences that have issued from the system” (Saussure 1966:120). He also suggests sign context is more important than the idea or sound since the value of the sign may change without affecting its meaning or sound because a neighboring sign has changed.

Although the proponents of the Russian Formalism did not agree on the nature of formalism, they were united in their rejection of positivism and their desire to transcend the psychologism and biographical focus of much nineteenth-century Russian literature. The standard approach to the study of literature during this period was to consider the text as a simple reflection of the author and his historical context. The formalists, by contrast, emphasized the autonomous and Saussure and His Legacy 33 self-referential nature of literature.

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