Structuralism in 1980

  • Georges Mounin
Part of the Topics in Contemporary Semiotics book series (TICSE, volume 158)


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.


Generative Grammar Word Structure Autonomous Entity Linguistic Sign Linguistic Communication 
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    See A. Martinet, “Structural Linguistics,” in Anthropology Today ,ed. A. L. Kroeber (Chi-cago: University of Chicago Press, 1953), pp. 574–886.Google Scholar
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    Tullio de Mauro, ed. and trans., Corso di linguistica generate (Bari: Laterza, 1972), note 176, p. 452.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georges Mounin
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  1. 1.University of ProvenceAix-MarseillesFrance

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