• Born date: 1857-11-26
  • Born in: Switzerland
  • Death date: 1913-02-22
  • Death in: Switzerland
Ferdinand de Saussure

Ferdinand de Saussure (/sɔːˈsʊr/ or /soʊˈsʊr/; French: [fɛʁdinɑ̃ də sosyʁ]; 26 November 1857 – 22 February 1913) was a Swiss linguist and semiotician whose ideas laid a foundation for many significant developments both in linguistics and semiology in the 20th century.