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Introductory Lectures on General Semantics
Introductory Lectures on General Semantics Author:Francis P. Chrisholm At the present time (1944), general semantics, as a rapidly developing new science, has, as one chief problem, the problem of describing word-fact relationships. It studies language habits as human behaviors having effects on human adjustment and social relations, and hence is more general and important in its applications than the traditional s... more »ciences of language, such as philosophy and (limited) semantics, which studied language phenomena in the abstract within a frame of language. General semantics studies human symbolic behavior, and attempts to train people in language habits which promote personal integration and co-operative endeavor.
The lectures here transcribed were delivered to a group of forty people in August, 1944, at the Institute of General Semantics. They were delivered in two-hour class sessions, from notes, and were then transcribed literally as given. They are presented here with a minimum of stylistic revision, an attempt being made to preserve the conversational informality of the original presentation. Hence, the usual scholarly apparatus of notes and references is omitted. The interested reader will continue further study in the bibliography where he will find accounts of the experiments referred to in the lectures.« less