Language, Meaning, and Culture: The Selected Papers of C.E. Osgood

Language, Meaning, and Culture: The Selected Papers of C.E. Osgood

Language, Meaning, and Culture: The Selected Papers of C.E. Osgood

Language, Meaning, and Culture: The Selected Papers of C.E. Osgood

Synopsis

One of the most frequently cited scholars in the social and behavioral sciences, Charles E. Osgood has assembled his most important writings in this volume. Four decades of contributions to the field of psychology center on the human cognitive processes and their functional characteristics at three levels of human ecology: in individual humans, across human cultures, and for survival of the human species. An introduction by Oliver Tzeng is followed by eleven selections. A comprehensive bibliography of Osgood's writings completes this volume.

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The founding of Wilhelm Wundt's laboratory at Leipzig in 1879 is widely acclaimed as the landmark event that provided the initial impetus for the development of psychology as an experimental science. To commemorate scientific psychology's one-hundredth anniversary, Praeger Publishers commissioned the Centennial Psychology Series. The general goals of the Series are to present, in both historical and contemporary perspective, the most important papers of distinguished contributors to psychological theory and research.

As psychology enters its second century, the Centennial Series examines the foundation of which scientific psychology is built. Each volume provides a unique opportunity for the reader to witness the empirical contributions and emerging theoretical insights of eminent psychologists whose seminal work has served to define and shape their respective fields. The organization of each volume reflects the historical evolution of the author's work, which permits the reader to share the excitement associated with the discovery of new scientific knowledge.

The Centennial Psychology Series is especially designed for courses on the history of psychology. Individual volumes are also well-suited as supplementary texts in those areas of the discipline to which the authors have been major contributors. Students of psychology and related disci-

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