Language in Thought and Action

S.I. Hayakawa Alan R. Hayakawa Robert MacNeil Stuart Chase

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Language in Thought and Action In an era when communication has become increasingly diverse and complex this classic work on semantics now fully revised and updated distills the relationship between language and those who use it R

  • Title: Language in Thought and Action
  • Author: S.I. Hayakawa Alan R. Hayakawa Robert MacNeil Stuart Chase
  • ISBN: 9780156482400
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Paperback
  • In an era when communication has become increasingly diverse and complex, this classic work on semantics now fully revised and updated distills the relationship between language and those who use it Renowned professor and former U.S Senator S I Hayakawa discusses the role of language in human life, the many functions of language, and how language sometimes without ourIn an era when communication has become increasingly diverse and complex, this classic work on semantics now fully revised and updated distills the relationship between language and those who use it Renowned professor and former U.S Senator S I Hayakawa discusses the role of language in human life, the many functions of language, and how language sometimes without our knowing shapes our thinking in this engaging and highly respected book Provocative and erudite, it examines the relationship between language and racial and religious prejudice the nature and dangers of advertising from a linguistic point of view and, in an additional chapter called The Empty Eye, the content, form, and hidden message of television, from situation comedies to news coverage to political advertising.

    Steven Pinker What our language habits reveal TED Talk In an exclusive preview of his book The Stuff of Thought, Steven Pinker looks at language and how it expresses what goes on in our minds and how the words we Linguistic relativity The hypothesis of linguistic relativity holds that the structure of a language affects its speakers world view or cognition.Also known as the Sapir Whorf hypothesis, or Whorfianism, the principle is often defined to include two versions the strong hypothesis and the weak hypothesis The strong version says that language determines thought and that linguistic categories limit and Language Language is a system that consists of the development, acquisition, maintenance and use of complex systems of communication, particularly the human ability to do so and a language is any specific example of such a system. The scientific study of language is called linguistics.Questions concerning the philosophy of language, such as whether words can represent experience, have been debated at George Orwell Politics and the English Language Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it. English as a Second Language ESL for Teachers and Students English as a Second Language ESL for Teachers and Students Whether you are a teacher looking for ESL teaching materials, a beginner who s just starting out, or an advanced student who wants to hone and polish reading comprehension, conversation, and writing skills, these resources can take you to Learning and Teaching German ThoughtCo Learning and Teaching German Teachers and students can use these comprehensive German language guides to improve reading, writing, and comprehension The Go Programming Language Go is an open source programming language that makes it easy to build simple, reliable, and efficient software. Language in India Language in India languageinindia is an open access journal Language in India languageinindia does not charge readers or their institutions for access. We have agreements with several database organizations such as EBSCOHost database, MLA International Bibliography and the Directory of Periodicals, ProQuest Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts and Gale Affect in Language Learning Motivation Nada s Island Acquisition Learning Hypothesis Adults have two distinctive ways of developing competences in second languages acquisition, that is by using language for real communication natural environment learning knowing about language languagehat Geoff Pullum has a Lingua Franca post with the hook suggested by the title Few would guess correctly if asked which foreign language has the fastest growing population of speakers in the United States.

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    1. Dave on said:

      Linguistics schlinguistics… this is also a book about politics and public policy (Language in Thought and ACTION), and the best one about either subject that I’ve ever read. It gives me hope that there is possibility for greater cooperation among us all, despite all of our real and, more importantly, perceived differences. Yeah, there’s a lot of “common sense” in there, but it’s put in a framework that makes it much easier to identify and understand how others are speaking or thinkin [...]

    2. Nick on said:

      Wow! This was great! Answers such questions as, why do we have language at all? How do words and the things words represent get mixed up by our brain? How does all of this impact our lives, and our civilizations? Perhaps I'm just new to reading about semantics, but I found the book's subject matter highly engrossing.Along the way it also systemizes a lot of common sense notions of language. Admitting my ignorance of Wittgenstein, this sounds a lot like him. The book also reminded me of the Black [...]

    3. Steph on said:

      p 19The first of the principles governing symbols is this: The symbol is not the thing symbolized; the word is not the thing; the map is not the territory it stands for.p 21We all inherit a great deal of useless knowledge, and a great deal of misinformation and error, so that there is always a portion of what we have been told that must be discarded. It should be noticed that there are three ways of getting false maps of the world into our heads: first, by having them given to us; second, by mak [...]

    4. Leslie on said:

      This book is an interesting, concise, and well-written book about linguistics, particularly semantics. It particularly deals with how we know what we know, and how we frequently systematically misunderstand or miscommunicate because of limitations of language - or our use of language - for conveying what we mean. In many ways, it is about the evolution of prejudice in individual minds as a consequence of confusing levels of abstraction, so that "Pigs are dirty" implies that Hampton is dirty beca [...]

    5. Sukhneet Singh Virk on said:

      Language in Thought and Action shifted my thought process in so many ways.I'm able to extract much more quality information from conversations than ever before.An example of what you learn: we get information 2 ways, direct experience (extensional) and everything else (verbal). Extensional info gives us a VERY limited view of the world. I have no way of knowing Obama is a real person, that South America exists, or becoming a billionaire is a possibility.I learn about those things through verbal [...]

    6. Kelly on said:

      This is one of the most enlightening books I have ever read. Hayakawa is the kind of incredibly bright mind whose writing can make you think more methodically, conclude things more confidently, and feel smarter yourself. Somehow he seems like a friend at tea - but his observations are so clear that you wonder how he can outside enough to notice all this, and inside enough to feel familiar and patient and maybe kind. Thus, this non-fiction book was far, far more of a page turner for me than most [...]

    7. Erik Graff on said:

      I read a library copy of this book in high school, probably on assignment from my senior English teacher, Mr. Silkowski. It was the first book I'd ever read on communication theory and semantics other than Marshall McLuhan and it left far less of an impression, perhaps because it had been assigned by a teacher I didn't particularly like rather than recommended by an older friend whom I admired. The notion of General Semantics, however, I did find intriguing.

    8. Nathan Hatch on said:

      Why I liked itI highly recommend the chapters "Reports" and "Affective Communication". The former gives good advice for objective writing, i.e. writing in such a way that pretty much everyone will agree with you. The latter is a highly insightful survey of literary devices: what they do, why they work. You might like reading those chapters even if you don't read the rest of the book.The idea of the "abstraction ladder" rings true. It's one of those concepts that you might not notice until someon [...]

    9. Dane Rodriguez on said:

      Personal Notes-Language is the relationship between "maps" and "territory". The words used to describe certain things are supposed to accurately describe the process it refers to in a way that is relevant and important to the present situation. What you say and why you say it-Words can have built in judgments and inferences, snarl and purr words are examples-There is a level of abstraction for everything, a cow is a process referring to the organism (low) which is a bundle of cells (lower) that [...]

    10. Bryan on said:

      Read this book -- It helps to open one's mind!: S. I. Hayakawa's "Language in Thought and Action" is an excellent read. There isn't much that I can add to what has already been said by other reviewers. In terms of writing and speaking, this book will help me to remain cognizant about the words I use, their meanings, and their contexts. As a reader of books, articles, ads, etc as well as one who "listens" to what others are saying, this book will help me to recognize that I must discern the "mess [...]

    11. Chris Wells on said:

      There is a lot of "common sense" (or should I say "uncommon sense"?) in this book. This book helped clarify what I already knew but failed to put into practice about the language I use to describe, not just the world around me, but myself. I found the distinctions between descriptions, inferences, and judgments especially helpful. However, I find the structural differential of general semantic "orthodoxy" much more helpful than the abstraction ladder, though the abstraction ladder could serve as [...]

    12. H.L. Balcomb on said:

      In my mind, this should become a mandatory read for all instructors, especially those of us who teach humanities. S. I. Hayakawa's book offers key insights into better understanding the complexities of language, symbols, abstraction, and assumptions, to mention a few of the key themes covered in the book. This book is one of those few books that I would recommend to any person who would like to understand the far-reaching possibilities of the human language. The best aspect of this book, althoug [...]

    13. Andria Craig on said:

      Linguistics for the average person and day to day life situations.

    14. Dmitri on said:

      This book is great -- my only regret is that I have not read it earlier.I specifically sought out and bought an older edition (3rd) on due to hints from some of the reviewers that some parts the later editions were subjected to politically correct castration.

    15. Keith on said:

      Although a linguist friend didn't think much of Hayakawa's book, I found it very thought provoking, and therefore meaningful.My favorite quote from this book wasn’t even by Hayakawa:"A classic is a work which gives pleasure to the minority which is intensely and permanently interested in literature. It lives on because the minority, eager to renew the sensation of pleasure, is eternally curious and is therefore engaged in an internal process of rediscovery. A classic does not survive because o [...]

    16. voong on said:

      Stumbled upon this book (although one of a different edition) in the school library and was hooked on it, so I went and bought a copy. Hayakawa has the ability to lay out his ideas in a simple and lucid form. A very insightful piece of work, that elucidates things you've always known, but never realized. Countless 'lightbulb moments'.I first read this book from 15 October 2011 to 22 March 2012, and the above was my review from that reading. One and a half years later, I'm going to give one of my [...]

    17. Michael David on said:

      'The mature mind, on the other hand, knows that words never say all about anything, and such a mind is therefore adjusted to uncertainty. Similarly, the intellectually mature does not "know all about" anything. And this does not make him insecure, because he knows that the only kind of security life offers is the dynamic security that comes from within: the security derived from infinite flexibility of mind -- from an infinite-valued orientation.'I've tried to be more fastidious in my book rati [...]

    18. Reinhardt on said:

      Bought it thinking I was getting a book from the 40s, anticipating a meaty discussion of language from the perspective of another era. Turns out it is a 1990s revision with all the associated inanities. Full of truism and littered with falsities. Offers some very basic concept about language suitable for high school level. But some of it is clearly wrong to the point of delusional. For example, it proposes that to create more patriotic feeling, we should educate student with all the details of d [...]

    19. Kim Marshall on said:

      In my mind this book should be required reading for all freshman in college and then they need to reread it again just before they graduate just in case they were not yet emotionally prepared for the depth of this work as freshman and to strengthen its message as they step out into the world as "adults".This is one of perhaps a dozen books that has had and immense impact on how I view the world and my relationship to it. It taught me to question the words both I and others use and to understan [...]

    20. Grace on said:

      This is my favorite book regarding language. I was an English major in college. We had a lot of books we had to read, and this wasn't one we picked. A lot of the theory from philosophers that I learned was interesting, but I failed to see how it applied directly to my life. This book did the opposite, and I wish I had found it during college so I could share it with my professors.This book talks about the most common times that miscommunication occurs. He breaks down what is happening in those s [...]

    21. Brodie on said:

      This book gave me some wonderful pearls of wisdom and functional models to improve the way I communicate. All in all it was an easy read and made the concepts of General Semantics very approachable. The book seemed to digress a bit in the last third or so into more sociological topics. And for a while I was left thinking that the book was losing its focus a bit. But eventually the author tied those ideas that were floating away back into the topic of the book by being clearer about the fact that [...]

    22. Michelle on said:

      For someone who has spent a lot of time thinking about how language impacts thought, Mr. Hayakawa's insights may not be challenging enough. Since I was already aware of many of the points he made and subsequently repeated throughout the book, I found it to be a bit boring. The very last chapters regarding language and advertising were the most appealing and interesting to me, and other readers might appreciate them as well, especially given the current interest in marketing thanks to Mad Men. Fo [...]

    23. Ivy on said:

      It promises much more than what its title suggests. The book not just explains the relationship between words, thought and action, it actually shows how language forms the bedrock of humanity and civilisation. Hayakawa adeptly combines his understanding of politics, psychology, philosophy and the media to show how language affects every part of society -- from our daily life to international relations. It gives you a glimpse behind the stage curtain -- to show how spin doctors, advertisers and t [...]

    24. Siddharth Nishar on said:

      The subject matter of the book is not easy to deal with but the author does it quite well. He segues without letting you know that you have travelled quite a bit. He suffers from redundancy and over-exemplification at some points but I have a suspicion that it is his way of being passionate about certain points without making the text subjective. He clearly has practiced what he preaches and his experience with language in media, politics and policy has helped this book tremendously.The book wil [...]

    25. Tomás Engle on said:

      Recommended to me by my literature/writing professor in 2002 when I was a freshman, which was in turn recommended to him by his father in the 60s/70s. A timeless book about how to reel our everyday communications back to the basics and how to avoid logical fallacies and rhetorical red herrings (of your own and others'). Favorite part was the diagram of communication levels, with the more esoteric descriptions of "cow" into "cattle," "wealth," etc. going literally higher till your head is in the [...]

    26. Sarah on said:

      This book was not what I expected, but I have a feeling I'll find it useful over time anyway. I thought it would be about how to better communicate what I am saying and how to better understand what others are saying, but the text wasn't so explicit. Instead the author lays out a set of ground rules for communication. This is not grammar, this is more structure and impact. Things like connotation and denotation, intensional versus extensional meaning, levels of abstraction, two-mindedness.I hope [...]

    27. Steve Keane on said:

      A classic in the field of modern linguistics. Hayakawa was, among many things, President of San Francisco State University, United States Senator from California, and President of the Institute of General Semantics. I first read it in a journalism class in college. I was already familiar with most of the main ideas in GS but reading Hayakawa's book in my early 20s really influenced my thinking. The idea that language shapes the way we think and react is not exclusive to GS, but it is an exceptio [...]

    28. Leon Sandler on said:

      An absolutely wonderful (and fun!) explanation of General Semantics. Hayakawa distills Korzybski's basic principles about language into practical real-world examples. The exercises provided in the 5th edition also help train people to actually think in this mode.Robert Anton Wilson's Prometheus Rising covers many of the same concepts in much the same style; it's one of the most important books I've ever read; and Hayakawa's work here is certainly an excellent guide for people who enjoyed RAW's t [...]

    29. JacK on said:

      An old lady named Virginia who I used to park and ride to UNM with was the first to tell me of this book. Ade sent it to me this summer. I am now on Chapter 13, Poetry and Advertising. I've snuff and tobaccy and excellent jacky;I've scissors and watches and knives;I've ribbons and laces to set off the facesOf pretty young sweethearts and wives. W.S. GilbertThe Advertisement is one of the most interesting and difficult of modern literary forms. Aldous Huxley

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