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Ferdinand De Saussure and Structuralism – From the Sausurrean Linguistic Turn to the Countercanons – semiologic

When dealing with disciplines as multifaceted as linguistics and literature, we can always be reminded of the renowned fable of the three blind men, who come across an elephant. One touches a leg and says, ‘Aha! An elephant is like a column’. Another touches the trunk and blurted out, ‘No, an elephant is like a thick rope’. A third, touching a large ear, says, ‘Oh, that can’t be. An elephant is like a carpet’. Each laying a hand on only one part, but envisioned the whole in a different way.

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