Linguistic Theories and the Notion of Interaction

Language only exists through a subject who speaks it and communicates through it with another subject. Yet linguistics, paradoxically, has long ruled out of its field of study this fundamental property of language. Saussure's attitude, which is at the basis of this difference, is exemplary in this regard. Language for him is conceived as a sort of treasure possessed by subjects belonging to the same community. It is a system of rules that we try to describe and classify, without going beyond the limits of the sentence.

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