Events - 2014

The department regularly sponsors lectures and special events, a representative selection of which is listed here, searchable by 'Event Category'.

When the Later Gives Birth to the Former: Word-Meaning Relation between al-Jurjānī and Saussure
NELC Roundtable
Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hatem Alzahrani will present: "When the Later Gives Birth to the Former: Word-Meaning Relation between al-Jurjānī and Saussure"

Talk Description: 

"Many modern Arab scholars have been possessed by a tendency to link classical Arabic literary concepts to those developed in Western modernity, claiming some kind of cultural precedence. An example of this tendency is the argument that al-Jurjānī’s (d. 471/1078) perception of the word-meaning relation in his theory of naẓm preceded Saussure's (d. 1913) concept of linguistic sign as being composed of two inseparable parts, i.e. signifier and signified. The talk will examine the accuracy of such a comparison."

Light food and drink will be provided.

 

The NELC Roundtable is sponsored by the GSAS Dean's Fund.