Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive

Language in action

13 episodes, 1958, KQED (San Francisco)

From WNET:

"Internationally-known semanticist, Dr. S. I. Hayakawa, provides an introduction to the science of general semantics and an examination of the fundamental processes of human communication. He discusses the means of “expanding the limits of one’s language” in accordance with our basic human responsibility which is to communicate. He provides illustrations of the fact that the communication process involves finding common areas of experience and points out that toward this end listening is as important as speaking. Illustrations ranging from advertising and poetry to the lyrics of popular songs are used to show how language determines not only what we say, but in a large measure, what we do and what we think."