Last Lectures: Collège de France, 1968 and 1969

Emile Benveniste, John Joseph (Translator), John Joseph, Jean-Claude Coquet (Editor), Irène Fenoglio (Editor), Julia Kristeva, Tzvetan Todorov, Georges Redard, Emilie Brunet

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Abstract / Description of output

Benveniste’s lectures had a shaping influence on a generation of scholars that includes Barthes, Bourdieu, Deleuze, Derrida, Kristeva and Todorov and here, for the first time, these are made available in English for a new generation of linguists and philosophers of language. This book includes the full course of fifteen lectures which Benveniste gave in the Collège de France on the rue des Écoles in Paris between December 1968 and December 1969. Benveniste’s work as offered here presents the first serious attempt at reconciling the sign theories of Saussure and Peirce and draws together, language, writing and society into a comprehensive theory of signifying. Benveniste’s philosophy of language considers key concepts such as utterance, enunciation, speaker, discourse, subjectivity and as such is central to the areas of discourse analysis, text linguistics, pragmatics, semantics, conversational analysis, stylistics and semiotics.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages196
ISBN (Print)9781474439916, 9781474439909
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2019

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • writing
  • Benveniste
  • Saussure
  • Peirce
  • linguistics
  • semiology


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