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Challenging Some Common-Sense Notions About Language

  • 11 Nov 2022
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The Institute of General Semantics will be offering the third installment of its online lecture series, this time featuring IGS Vice-President Corey Anton. Please join us via Zoom on Friday, November 11th at 12 Noon EDT for a talk on


Some Common-Sense Notions

About Language

The lecture will be held via Zoom. This event is free and open to the public, but registration via the IGS is required. Registrants will receive the Zoom link in advance of the lecture. To go to the IGS registration page, click on the link below:


Language, this talk tries to make amply evident, is more complex and marvelous than most people seem to appreciate. This lively lecture will provide an overview of some popular common-sense orientations to language, offer some account of their likely origins and an appraisal of their merits, and then, offer some alternative resources for thinking about and more fully grasping the range and scope of language.

Corey Anton is Professor of Communication Studies at Grand Valley State University and a Fellow of the International Communicology Institute. He is author of Selfhood and Authenticity (2001, SUNY Press), Sources of Significance: Worldly Rejuvenation and Neo-Stoic Heroism (2010, Purdue University Press), Communication Uncovered: General Semantics and Media Ecology (2010, IGS Press), and How Non-being Haunts Being: On Possibilities, Morality, and Death Acceptance (2020, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press). He is the editor of Valuation and Media Ecology: Ethics, Morals, and Laws (2010, Hampton Press), and the co-editor, along with Lance Strate, of the collection Korzybski And… (2012, IGS Press), and co-editor, along with Robert K. Logan and Lance Strate, of the collection, Taking Up McLuhan’s Cause (2017, Intellect Publishing). Past Editor of the journal Explorations in Media Ecology and Past President of the Media Ecology Association, Anton currently serves as Vice-President of the Institute of General Semantics, and on the editorial boards of The Atlantic Journal of CommunicationETC, and Explorations in Media Ecology.

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