page 41 of 288 of Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory

Saussure says that langauge is (basically) arbitrary and is a system which sands apart from that which it attempts to define. The word ‘hut’ is not the same as a thing you can live in, it’s just part of the sign system used to identify verbally that thing people are living in. (even onomatopoeia is arbitrary)