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According to [[Saussure]], the [[signified]] is the conceptual element of the [[sign]].
It is not the real [[object]] denoted by a [[sign]] (the [[referent]]), but a psychological entity corresponding to such an [object]].<ref>(Saussure, 1916: 66-7)</ref>
According to For [[Saussure]], the [[signified is ]] has the conceptual element of same status as the [[signsignifier]]. It is not ; both form equal sides of the real object denoted by a sign (the ppreferent[[), but a psychological entity corresponding to such an objectsign]].<ref>(Saussure, 1916: 66-7)</ref>
For Saussure[[Lacan]], on the other hand, asserts the supremacy of the [[signifier]], and argues that the [[signified has the same status as ]] is a mere effect of the play of [[signifier]]; both form equal sides s, an effect of the signprocess of [[signification]] produced by [[metaphor]].
Lacan, on the other hand, asserts the supremacy of the signifier, and argues that the signified is a mere effect of the play of signifiers, an effect of the process of signification produced by metaphor.  In other words, the [[signified ]] is not given, but produced.[[Lacan]]'s view is thus opposed to an expressionist view of [[language]], according to which concepts exist in some pre-verbal state before being expressed in the material medium of [[language]]. In contrast to such a view, [[Lacan ]] asserts the priority (logical rather than chronological) of the material element of [[language]].
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