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general semantics

n. (used with a sing. verb)
A discipline developed by Alfred Korzybski that proposes to improve human behavioral responses through a more critical use of words and symbols.

general semantics

n
(Linguistics) (functioning as singular) a school of thought, founded by Alfred Korzybski, that stresses the arbitrary nature of language and other symbols and the problems that result from misunderstanding their nature

gen′eral seman′tics


n.
a philosophical approach to language exploring the relationship between the form of language and its use and attempting to improve the capacity to express ideas.
[1930–35]
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Pula (the lead lecturer at IGS seminar-workshops for over 30 years and a person who until his death in 2004 qualified as the world's foremost living general-semantics and Korzybski scholar), David Linwood and Ralph C.
Over numerous listenings of the approximately 45-minute recording, I carefully edited the transcript into what is now presented to you: a "new" lecture by Alfred Korzybski, heretofore unpublished and widely unknown to the general-semantics community.
Another major difficulty in learning to apply general semantics appears to be the desire for general-semantics students, readers, writers, et al.
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A general-semantics analysis of this daily language provides the central topic of our discussion and the core of general-semantics' contributions to psychotherapy.
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Kodish welcomes readers of ETC to contribute to Time-Bindings: "We invite your comments, from a general-semantics perspective, on what you observe in your daily life.
Abdul Salaam gave a three-hour presentation, "Communicating about Communicating: A General-Semantics Approach to the Practice of Dentistry," at the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter meeting in February, 2002.
It's an excellent introduction, although I enhance it with background from Korzybski and from A General-Semantics Glossary: Pula 's Guide for the Perplexed.
His general-semantics related activities included participation in an Institute of General Semantics seminar-workshop held at Santa Barbara, California, and the writing of forewords to books published by ISGS and IGS.

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