Learning & Teaching Foreign Languages

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American structuralism involves the analysis of linguistic signs

as a set of mappings between phonological forms and conceptual meanings or communicative intentions.

(Ellis, 2006)

Drawing on earlier work by Saussure, Bloomfieldian structuralists drew up language inventories of phonemes, morphemes and syntactic patterns, with the structure of the language taking precedence over meaning and communication.


  1. Classroom illlustration: Audio-lingual method
  2. Read more: Saussure

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