Algirdas Julius Greimas in Paris (1971) (Family archive)

The multi-layered legacy of Algirdas Julius Greimas

Algirdas Julius Greimas (1917-1992), the Lithuanian-born linguist who founded the influential Paris school of semiotics in the 1960s, has left a legacy that goes beyond his academic pursuits. Dr. Arūnas Sverdiolas, professor at Vilnius University and Head of the A.J.Greimas Centre for Semiotics and Literary Theory, recollects how, at the time when the Iron Curtain was finally lifted, the Paris-based semiotician worked towards reintegrating Lithuania into the Western culture, not least by helping us build networks with European scholars. […]