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Language in thought and action

Author: S I Hayakawa; Alan R Hayakawa
Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace & Co., 1992, ©1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 5th edView all editions and formats
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: S I Hayakawa; Alan R Hayakawa
ISBN: 0156482401 9780156482400
OCLC Number: 32248710
Notes: "A Harvest Original."
Reprint of 1st Harvest ed. 1990.
Description: xvii, 196 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: book 1. The functions of language --
1. Language and survival --
What animals shall we imitate? --
Cooperation --
The pooling of knowledge --
The Niagara of words --
2. Symbols --
The symbolic process --
Language as symbolism --
The pitfalls of drama --
The word is not the thing --
Maps and territories --
3. Reports, inferences, judgments --
Verifiability --
Inferences --
Judgments --
How judgments stop thought --
Snarl-words and purr-words --
Slanting --
Discovering one's bias --
4. Contexts --
How words mean --
Verbal and physical contexts --
Extensional and intensional meaning --
The "one word, one meaning" fallacy --
The ignoring of contexts --
The interaction of words --
5. The double task of language --
Connotations --
Informative connotations--
Affective connotations --
A note on verbal taboo --
Words with built-in judgments --
Everyday uses of language --
6. The language of social cohesion --
Noises as expression --
Noise for noise's sake --
The value of unoriginal remarks --
Maintenance of communication lines --
Presymbolic language in ritual --
Advice to the literal-minded --
7. The language of social control --
Making things happen --
The implied promises of directive language --
The foundations of society --
Directives with collective sanction --
What are "rights"? --
Directives and disillusionment. book 2. Language and thought --
Prologue. The story of A-town and B-ville : a semantic parable --
8. How we know what we know --
Bessie the cow --
The process of abstracting --
Why we must abstract --
On definitions --
"Let's define our terms" --
Operational definition --
Chasing oneself in verbal circles --
The distrust of abstractions --
"Dead-level abstracting" --
9. The little man who wasn't there --
How not to start a car --
Confusing levels of abstraction --
The nature of prejudice --
John Doe, the "criminal" --
Delusional worlds --
10. Classification --
Giving things names --
The blocked mind --
Cow₁ is not cow₂ --
"Truth" --
11. The two-valued orientation --
The two-valued orientation and combat --
The two-valued orientation in politics --
Man's inhumanity to man --
The Marxist two-valued orientation --
Two-valued logic --
Defeating one's own ends --
12. The multi-valued orientation --
A matter of degree --
The multi-valued orientation and democracy --
The pitfalls of debate --
The open and closed mind --
13. Poverty and advertising --
The poet's function --
Art and life --
The Laureate's task --
The problems of the unsponsored poet --
The symbols we live by --
Symbols for our times --
14. The dime in the juke box --
Intensional orientation --
Oververbalization --
Advertising and intensional orientation --
15. The empty eye --
"Seeing is believing" --
The world through a keyhole --
"Into America's living room" --
"Film at 11:00" --
"Go for the gusto" --
What, me work? --
After the bad guys --
The casting of the president --
Brain surgery, the video --
16. Rats and men --
"Insoluble" problems --
Cultural lag --
The fear of change --
The revision of group habits --
The extensional approach --
The end of the road --
The scientific attitude --
The left-hand door again.
Responsibility: S.I. Hayakawa and Alan R. Hayakawa ; with an introduction by Robert MacNeil.

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