ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

This quarterly journal provides peer-reviewed articles on topics relating to general semantics.

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 2, Summer

A General Semantics Approach to Clinical Supervision with Drug Prevention Counselors
I am the Assistant Director of PROJECT SHARE, a 12 month Kindergarten through ninth grade New York City school-based drug prevention program serving over 26,000 students, teachers, parents, and other residents of Community School District 30, located...
A General Semantics Glossary
neuro-linguistic feedback. Korzybski came across the term "feedback" in late 1948. (1) The term dates from around 1915 when it was used in the noun phrase "acoustic feedback" related to problems in audio systems, especially loudspeakers. It was given...
Bernard E. Witkin
Bernard Witkin died at the age of 91, at his home in Berkeley, on December 23, 1995. His membership and interest in ISGS date back to the Hayakawa days, and he and his wife Alba have remained over the years among our most generous and consistent supporters....
Do Words and the Rest of Our Behavior Affect Each Other? A Critical Response to 'The Language Instinct.'
In his popular recent book The Language Instinct, the MIT professor Steven Pinker claims we produce language as spiders spin webs, as the result of some instinct. But spiders spin webs alone, without first needing to see another web; as Pinker admits,...
Pastor Future? A Re-Formulation of Ortega's Question
Ortega on the Past In The Revolt of the Masses, Jose Ortega Y Gasset (1) described a game played in the nineteenth century "literary salons." Cultured ladies and domesticated poets would ask one another the question: "In which age would you have chosen...
Problem Solving with General Semantics
Consciously or unconsciously all of us solve problems. We could solve them more effectively if we increase our awareness of what we do. In this article I discuss how you can use general-semantics formulations, along with modern problem solving methods,...
Questioning the Question: The Quebec Referendum
"Do you agree that Quebec should become sovereign after having made a formal offer to Canada for a new economic and political partnership, within the scope of the bill respecting the future of Quebec and of the agreement signed on June 12, 1995?" This...
Repositioning General Semantics
This paper presents fourteen steps leading to five specific suggestions on how we can usefully reposition general semantics. Before starting on that, however, I must first fend off a comfortable, possibly even a cherished identification. In our jargon...
The Fable of the Electric Maps and the Mutating Territory
Once upon a time there was a territory. And people lived in the territory, quite happily. They had maps, oral and written, which described the different boundaries of the territory. They had time to study their written maps, and a representative government...
The Idiom Experience
Teaching semantics may seem like a long row to hoe or five miles of mud road but with experience it don't take long to curry a pony and have as much fun as a barrel of monkeys. In my semantics/linguistics class I use rural Midwestern idioms of the past...
The Joy of Words: Confessions of a Verbaholic
I LOVE WORDS. You can get high on champagne, intoxicate yourself in a beautiful sunset, soar with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, or surrender to the ecstasy of crepe suzettes. I get drunk on words. Sometimes. Not just any old words. The wordsmith must...