Structuralism in 1980
The term structuralism is only a recent derivation from structure; Andre Lalande’s Vocabulary records it as a neologism that appeared sometime between 1900 and 1926. Both the term and the notion of structure, on the other hand, are very old; they are rooted in classical Latin, which shows the architectural origin of the concept through struere ‘to build,’ structus ‘constructed, arranged disposed, composed,’ as well as through structure ‘building, framework, arrangement’. The history of the term in French, even if only from the sixteenth century on, would be very long and instructive, but it has yet to be written.
KeywordsGenerative Grammar Word Structure Autonomous Entity Linguistic Sign Linguistic Communication
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