Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

An Emergence

Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

An Emergence

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George Eliot has carefully observed in her novel Silas Marner that there is many a circulation of the sap inside a tree before the bud finally appears on a branch. The general semantics 'bud' has now appeared and begun to blossom on a South Asian branch in western India. But the idea and the ways of general semantics have been circulating easily and surely in this part of the world for quite some time now. And that is because of the enlightened, selfless, and efficient efforts of Balvant K. Parekh. In his mindful work, perception and production meet and are evidenced in his library, laboratory, and industry. For most of us in India, who are now engaged in reception and spread of general semantics, the first GS sounds came as a duet between the American journal ETC: A Review of General Semantics, and the journal Gamataano Karie Gulaal ("Spread on freely what you cherish") compiled and distributed widely by BKP--as Balvant Parekh is fondly called by admirers and friends.

When he invited two scholars of GS from the United States and organized several workshops, seminars, and conference meetings in different Indian cities, the expectations here were derived from our reading of the papers and excerpts we had read in BKP's journal. The expectations were more like a rich liquid with a lot of suspended material in it. Andrea Johnson's and Steve Stockdale's visit to India was like a process of crystal-formation. …

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