Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Le sens des sons

At the TLS, John E. Joseph has a rather wonderful piece about the linguist Ferdinand de Saussure. It is illuminating on various questions concerning language, sound and meaning, but it also informs me that Saussure's great-grandfather may have been the model for Mary Shelley's Victor Frankenstein and that the linguist himself can be counted as a tenth cousin (twice removed) of Princess Diana...

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