Why Lithuanian Accentuation Mattered to Saussure

  title={Why Lithuanian Accentuation Mattered to Saussure},
  author={John E. Joseph},
  journal={Language \& History},
  pages={182 - 198}
  • J. Joseph
  • Published 1 November 2009
  • Linguistics, Economics
  • Language & History
Abstract The only paper which Ferdinand de Saussure ever read before an international congress, and the only two articles he published in linguistics journals other than those of the Société de Linguistique de Paris, were all on Lithuanian accentuation. Saussure's Law, the only historical linguistic law he succeeded in establishing, dealt with the same subject. Yet accounts of his life and work have never offered an explanation of this interest, treating it as a one-off problem unconnected to… 

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