Language in Thought and Action / Edition 5

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For over 50 years, Language in Thought and Action has examined language through the lens of modern semantics. With an understanding of the roles and different uses of language, one can better communicate with those around them. Like the first edition, Language in Thought and Action uses poignant and relevant examples to better explain the subtleties and nuiances of language.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780155501201
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/5/1989
  • Edition description: 5th ed
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,429,681
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Language and Survival. 2. Symbols. 3. Reports, Inferences, Judgments. 4. Contexts. 5. The Double Task of Language. 6. The Language of Social Cohesion. 7. The Language of Social Control. 8. The Language of Affective Communication. 9. How We Know What We Know. 10. The Little Man Who Wasn't There. 11. Classification. 12. The Two-Valued Orientation. 13. The Multi-valued Orientation. 14. Art and Tension. 15. Poetry and Advertising. 16. The Dime in the Juke Box. 17. The Empty Eye. 18. Rats and Men. 19. Towards Order Within and Without.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2003

    Bedrock of Communication

    'Language in Thought and Action' continues to be an important opus for more than the undergrad audience that is often compelled to read it. Any person who writes, reads, or speaks with care and consideration should find the contents of this book valuable. The style is not didactic, but rather conversational and different from most textbooks. As an author, I have found that occasional references to 'Language in Thought and Action' have helped me greatly. Hayakawa's gift of pointing out what should have been obvious, as in the section called 'Classification,' seems unique. I am sure that most who either buy this book or receive it as a gift will find a place for it on their bookshelves. This is a long time keeper.

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