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Ferdinand de Saussure (1857—1913) Swiss linguistics scholar

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The concretely perceptible component of a sign, as distinct from its conceptual meaning (the signified). In language, this may be a meaningful sound, or a written mark such as a letter or sequence of letters making up a word. The term often appears in its French form, significant.

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