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A Primer Of Semantics

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38                    THE HUMANITY OF WORDS
and is, in this sense, an ideal that looks to the future. And, since no one can predict exactly the consequences of human activities, this book is expressive of opinion.
Part One is introductory. Its purpose is to inform you that the Primer will set up meanssemantic devicesby which to approach a desired endthe human use of man's greatest resource, words.
Part Two will present Ogden's and Richards' "triangle" of meaning, as derived from their important The Meaning of Meaning. This early work will be shown to suggest a way of making verbal patterns that find their counterpart in actual patterns in the world. In this important area, these authors have contributed to field theory of communication and the semantic devices appropriate to it.
Part Three will present essential points of Science and Sanity that have relevance to field theory of communication. Here you will find many usable semantic devices. And here, again, emphasis will be placed on Korzybski's insistence that the verbal map accurately represent the actual territory. This, you will find, has significance for the making of verbal patterns that accurately designate something in the real world of people and things.
Part Four will present the contributions of Morris's science of signs that relate to the uses and misuses of language. The exposition of Morris gives us the semantic apparatus by which to refine a field theory of communication.
Part Five will present a field theory of communication and the semantic devices appropriate to it. Here the emphasis will be on practical applications of semantic theory.
At this writing1958, we have reached a kind of plateau at University College of the University of Chicago. Field theory of communication must attempt to keep pace, in