Language In Thought And Action: Fifth Edition

Paperback | February 1, 2001

byS.I. Hayakawa, Alan R. Hayakawa

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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 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.

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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, a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.53 inPublished:February 1, 2001Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well Worth Your Time Divided into short chapters with cute cartoons, it can be read as a series of thought-provoking insightful articles. The father and son Hayakawas bring to light the differences between what is, what is expressed and what is understood. They point out how language is a reflection of how a person classifies raw data on the basis of needs. For example, in some languages a word covers fewer or greater aspects of the same real world item than the counterpart in another language. They point out the purpose of those automatic words that are exchanged like inquiries into health, the reasons why poetry takes the shape it does, the difference between fact and interpretation, how language sets up a whole set of bias and people's sense of duty. It's smoothly, accessibly written with interesting real life examples throuhout on what the relationship is between thinking, words and the effects both have on society and individuals.
Date published: 2000-07-04