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Ferdinand de Saussure

1857 - 1913

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Ferdinand de Saussure (; French: [fɛʁdinɑ̃ də sosyʁ]; 26 November 1857 – 22 February 1913) was a Swiss linguist, semiotician and philosopher. His ideas laid a foundation for many significant developments in both linguistics and semiotics in the 20th century. He is widely considered one of the founders of 20th-century linguistics and one of two major founders (together with Charles Sanders Peirce) of semiotics, or semiology, as Saussure called it.One of his translators, Roy Harris, summarized Saussure's contribution to linguistics and the study of "the whole range of human sciences. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ferdinand de Saussure has received more than 2,199,038 page views. His biography is available in 90 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 88 in 2019). Ferdinand de Saussure is the most popular linguist, the 8th most popular biography from Switzerland and the most popular Swiss Linguist.

Ferdinand de Saussure is most famous for his work in linguistics. He is credited with inventing the idea of the linguistic sign.

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Among linguists, Ferdinand de Saussure ranks 1 out of 161After him are Noam Chomsky, Max Müller, William James Sidis, Roman Jakobson, Mahmud al-Kashgari, Mesrop Mashtots, Patanjali, Pāṇini, Franz Bopp, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, and Edward Sapir.

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Among people born in 1857, Ferdinand de Saussure ranks 2Before him is Pope Pius XI. After him are Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, Heinrich Hertz, Clara Zetkin, Joseph Conrad, Edward Elgar, Karl Adolph Gjellerup, Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, Henrik Pontoppidan, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, and William Howard Taft. Among people deceased in 1913, Ferdinand de Saussure ranks 1After him are Rudolf Diesel, Alfred Russel Wallace, George I of Greece, J. P. Morgan, Alfred von Schlieffen, Menelik II, Harriet Tubman, Sophia of Nassau, Lesya Ukrainka, Tobias Asser, and Tokugawa Yoshinobu.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Ferdinand de Saussure ranks 8 out of 876Before him are Leonhard Euler (1707), Le Corbusier (1887), Paracelsus (1493), Carl Jung (1875), Jean Piaget (1896), and Henry Dunant (1828). After him are Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746), Jean-Paul Marat (1743), Sepp Blatter (1936), Paul Klee (1879), Huldrych Zwingli (1484), and Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein (1945).

Among LINGUISTS In Switzerland

Among linguists born in Switzerland, Ferdinand de Saussure ranks 1After him are Charles Bally (1865), Wilhelm Meyer-Lübke (1861), Albert Sechehaye (1870), Jules Gilliéron (1854), and Jacob Wackernagel (1853).