“I’m almost never serious, and I’m always too serious. Too deep, too shallow.
Too sensitive, too cold hearted. I’m like a collection of paradoxes.”
Ferdinand de Saussure
Ferdinand de Saussure (1857-1913) was a Swiss linguist whose ideas laid a foundation
for many significant developments in linguistics in the 20th century. Saussure is widely
considered to be one of the fathers of 20th-century linguistics and his ideas have had
a monumental impact throughout the humanities and social sciences.