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Structuralism By Lundell, Michael; Pecora, Vincent P.

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1715-1
Published: 01/10/2017
Retrieved: 22 May 2024, from


Structuralism, generally described, is a twentieth-century intellectual movement associated with linguistic studies in Europe, despite its vast applicability and many adherents. An initial aim of structural linguistics was to investigate – in greater detail than previously – the way language functions as a network of signification. Structuralism’s goal also typically derives from the question of whether universal truth can be revealed in this network in ways that define the constitution of thought. Structuralism focused on the whole of language, the ‘structure’ of the totality, over its individual parts or their historical development. The principles of Structuralism and its later transformations found widespread application outside of linguistics, particularly in anthropology, sociology, literary studies, semiotics, film, musicology, psychology, and philosophy.

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Lundell, Michael and Vincent P. Pecora. Structuralism. Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, Taylor and Francis,

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