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  George Lakoff - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
George P. Lakoff ([ˈleɪ.kɔf], born 1941) is a professor of linguistics (in particular, cognitive linguistics) at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 1972.
Lakoff is, with coauthors Mark Johnson and Rafael E. Núñez, the primary proponent of the embodied mind thesis.
Lakoff wrote a rebuttal to the review [2] stating that his position on many matters is the exact reverse of that Pinker attributes to him and explicitly rejecting for example the cognitive relativism and faith in euphemism as described above.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/George_Lakoff   (2276 words)

 Wikinfo | George Lakoff   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
George P. Lakoff is a professor of linguistics (in particular, cognitive linguistics) at the University of California, Berkeley where he has taught since 1972.
Lakoff is, with Rafael E. Núñez, the primary proponent of the embodied mind thesis.
Lakoff argues that the best way to understand what mathematical and philosophical ideas are really about is to consider them in light of the structure of the embodied mind.
www.wikinfo.org /wiki.php?title=George_Lakoff   (1615 words)

 George Lakoff : Home
Lakoff is participating in the conference as a guest host, and has also written some introductory remarks to get the discussion rolling.
Lakoff was also at a kickoff party for the book, and audio of the panel from that night has been posted.
George Lakoff is a professor of linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley and a Senior Fellow at the Rockridge Institute.
www.georgelakoff.com   (877 words)

 George Lakoff
Lakoff's Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things is a treasure trove of linguistic examples and a carefully developed model of cognition argued on the basis of semantics.
Lakoff argues that experience is made possible and structured by preconceptual structures-- "directly meaningful concepts" roughly the same for all human beings that thus provide "certain fixed points in the objective evaluation of situations".
Lakoff's proposal on metaphor is a particularly pregnant one for literary studies-- not because ordinary speech is mainly literal (it clearly is not), but because literature is a deliberate forefronting of linguistic devices, a cultivation of special effects.
cogweb.ucla.edu /CogSci/Lakoff.html   (917 words)

 George Lakoff — Rockridge Institute
George Lakoff is Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley.
Two weeks ago, Rockridge published The Framing of Immigration by George Lakoff and Sam Ferguson, an analysis of the framing surrounding immigration used by progressives and conservatives, as well as a discussion of framings not being used, but which would reveal important truths.
George Lakoff sat down again with Bonnie Powell for a follow-up to an enormously popular interview published in October 2003.
www.rockridgeinstitute.org /people/lakoff   (1169 words)

 Enviros recruit Lakoff for reframing project, but concerns mount that he might leave them in the lurch | By Amanda ...
Framing -- Lakoff's much-touted specialty -- is purposeful use of concepts and language to recontextualize debates and change the way the public views an issue, or the world.
Lakoff often cites examples of the political right's masterful use of frames: death tax, partial-birth abortion, war on terror, ownership society.
Neither Lakoff nor his staff responded to repeated requests from Muckraker for clarification on the status of the project.
www.grist.org /news/muck/2005/03/29/little-lakoff/index.html   (2006 words)

 We'll Grant This to the Republicans: They Know How to Frame Issues and Keep the Democrats on the Defensive. A BuzzFlash ...
George Lakoff, a professor of linguistics and cognitive science at the University of California Berkeley, is a specialist in the technique of "framing," a communication tool that creates a "frame" for a message that defines the terms of the debate.
Lakoff, like BuzzFlash, believes that the Republicans are experts at framing, while the Democrats hardly appear to understand how the technique works at all.
Lakoff is also one of the founders of -- and a fellow at -- the Rockridge Institute, a progressive think tank in Oakland, California (http://www.rockridgeinstitute.org/).
www.buzzflash.com /interviews/04/01/int04003.html   (4974 words)

 Linguistics prof. George Lakoff dissects the "war on terror" and other conservative catchphrases
George Lakoff, UC Berkeley linguistics professor and Rockridge Institute Fellow.
UC Berkeley linguistics professor George Lakoff filed daily dispatches about the language used in the major speeches of the Republican National Convention.
Next week Lakoff returns to teaching at UC Berkeley with Linguistics 290L, a seminar that will train students to recognize frames and follow their usage in the presidential election.
www.berkeley.edu /news/media/releases/2004/08/25_lakoff.shtml   (2711 words)

 How to Talk Like a Conservative (If You Must)
Lakoff, a professor at the University of California --Berkeley and a founder of the Rockridge Institute, has emerged as the left’s message guru, the go-to guy for anyone interested in understanding why conservatives are winning the language wars and how liberals can retool their message.
Lakoff is trying to teach liberals what conservatives have known for years: the skill of defining, or “framing,” issues in a way that makes it next to impossible for the other side to contradict you.
The essence of Lakoff’s analysis is this: liberals and conservatives inhabit two opposing moral universes defined by competing visions of the ideal family.
www.motherjones.com /news/qa/2004/10/10_401.html   (2910 words)

 CampusProgress.org | Five Minutes With: George Lakoff
Lakoff’s ideas about language and the unconscious patterns and values that they reinforce in our minds are re-shaping the way progressives approach politics.
Not everyone buys into Lakoff’s approach, but thanks in part to Lakoff, progressives are beginning to see clearly what conservatives have known for decades: Getting the other guy (and the media) to use your language helps youframe the debate over an issue.
Lakoff is in the unusual position for a linguistics professor of meeting behind the scenes with Washington power-brokers, like an academic James Carville.
campusprogress.org /features/1040/five-minute-with-george-lakoff   (2052 words)

 Rockridge Institute (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.isi.jhu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Rockridge Institute is proud to have cosponsored a lively forum on October 26 featuring George Lakoff, Joan Blades, Markos Moulitsas, and Paul Pierson, moderated by UC Berkeley’s Director of Governmental Studies Bruce Cain.
Under the direction of Senior Fellow George Lakoff, we apply discoveries in human cognition to help progressives recognize their values, connect with voters, and revive our American ideals.
George Lakoff and the Rockridge Institute are pleased to announce the publication of our new book, Thinking Points: Communicating our American Values and Vision, A Progressive's Handbook.
www.rockridgeinstitute.org.cob-web.org:8888   (431 words)

 "Word Games" by Kenneth S. Baer
In some places, Lakoff offers superb advice to candidates, but after reading this book—which, as a collection of many previously released articles, is disjointed and repetitive—it seems that Lakoff is primarily concerned with using linguistics to make the case for his liberal-left politics.
Beyond that, Lakoff's apparent view of the United States as a malevolent force in the world and the accompanying reluctance to use American power to ensure national security was as out of step with Americans' belief about themselves when it was propounded in the 1960s and 1970s as it is now.
Rather, Lakoff's book should serve as a wake-up call for Democrats to offer a vision that not only competes with the conservative one but is also positive, powerful, and appealing to Americans across the country—no matter if they are daddy's little girls or momma's boys.
www.washingtonmonthly.com /features/2005/0501.baer.html   (1841 words)

 Bring it On! » Blog Archive » Interview with George Lakoff   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Dr. Lakoff has an important contribution to make to the progressive movement and his ideas should inform the progressive blogosphere as it struggles to protect America from the regressive conservativism of today’s Republicans.
What I discovered was that the conservatives were right when they talked about family values, but their family values had to do with a strict father view of the family, and that the application to politics was metaphorical—it was via a metaphor that everyone in America has—the metaphor for the nation as family.
George Lakoff challenges progressives to be deliberate in their language in order to reclaim those values from Republican framing.
www.teambio.org /2006/07/interview-with-george-lakoff   (6907 words)

 Jefferson Provost: George Lakoff Speaking in Austin   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Austin Moving Forward, a progressive political group I've never heard of has cognitive scientist George Lakoff as keynote speaker at what I assume is an organizational meeting at St. Edwards University on Saturday, June 25.
He is an expert on the cognition of language, and a Rockridge Institute fellow studying and writing about political debate is framed by the language used and how progressives can frame the debate in their favor.
Lakoff's main maxim is that the truth won't set you free, unless it's framed properly.
jefferson.blogs.com /jp/2005/05/george_lakoff_s.html   (579 words)

 Majikthise : Interview with George Lakoff on the
Lakoff may be a legend in his own mind, but that might be just the kind of legend we need to chew the fat with the punditocracy and get our, er, framing accross.
Lakoff can be good on specific examples, but frankly I find the strict father/nurturant parent stuff to be silly psychobabble.
For example, Lakoff and Nunez basically got their heads handed to them, for not knowing what they're talking about, by quite a few mathematician-reviewers of their book on how the "embodied mind" supoosdely does math.
majikthise.typepad.com /majikthise_/2006/07/interview_with_.html   (2542 words)

 George Lakoff - SourceWatch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
George Lakoff has been a Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley since 1972.
Lakoff collaborated with Mark Johnson on the theory of conceptual metaphor, and is also a pioneer in the theory of moral politics, propaganda and the cognitive science of mathematics.
George Lakoff and Laura Flanders, Framing progressive politics for victory, Your Call Radio, September 14, 2004.
www.sourcewatch.org /index.php?title=George_Lakoff   (855 words)

 MyDD :: George Lakoff Gutted
Lakoff is basicaly right on point, with the same message that has been batted around the blogosphere for awhile now.
Lakoff is a believer in identity politics, the belief that people vote not in their self-interest but as members of a group.
Lakoff's point is that we have a better chance to get him if we also make him realize that he's not a conservative, because conservatives don't actually care about his land.
www.mydd.com /story/2006/7/20/115630/080   (6187 words)

 MyDD :: George Lakoff, Fingernail Clipped...Or Not
Lakoff is the father of what's known as cognitive linguistics, based on his introduction of the concept of cognitive metaphor in 1980, in Metaphors We Live By, co-authored with philosopher Mark Johnson.
But Lakoff and Johnson showed how metaphors were a pervasive aspect of language with their own structure determined by their meaning.
Lakoff spent most of the book describing the theory itself, and showing how it made sense of the clustering of ideas that qualify as liberal and conservative--how being anti-tax and anti-abortion are part of a coherent whole.
www.mydd.com /story/2006/7/21/14228/3420   (3937 words)

 PERRspectives Blog: Framed: Lakoff's Dubious Speech Therapy for Democrats
Lakoff notes that when it comes to political communication, it is a myth that ?the truth will set us free.
Lakoff is also much too quick to proclaim the unity of disparate progressive viewpoints, overlooking fundamental disagreements that will impact both the framing of Democratic messages and its policy program.
Lakoff is right that Bush and his GOP have managed to bridge the often-tense schism between social and economic conservatives, at least for now.
www.perrspectives.com /blog/archives/000123.htm   (3109 words)

 American Voices | Foolproof Performing Arts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Howard Dean calls Dr. Lakoff “one of the most influential thinkers of the progressive movement.” His latest book Don’t Think of An Elephant has opened the eyes of progressive groups and individuals across the country.
Lakoff seeks to transform the political debate, revitalizing progressive discourse by reframing progressive policies in ways that speak to shared American values.
Lakoff’s American Voices appearance will be one step toward reframing the political debate, reclaiming progressive values, and exploring the shared values among very different progressive organizations.
www.foolproof.org /2005/season/lakoff.html   (299 words)

 George Lakoff tells how conservatives use language to dominate politics
George Lakoff, a UC Berkeley professor of linguistics and cognitive science, thinks he knows why.
In 2000 Lakoff and seven other faculty members from Berkeley and UC Davis joined together to found the Rockridge Institute, one of the few progressive think tanks in existence in the U.S. The institute offers its expertise and research on a nonpartisan basis to help progressives understand how best to get their messages across.
The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the College of Letters and Science, Lakoff is the author of "Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think," first published in 1997 and reissued in 2002, as well as several other books on how language affects our lives.
www.berkeley.edu /news/media/releases/2003/10/27_lakoff.shtml   (2601 words)

 George Lakoff   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The falsifiability of this claim is itself a central question in the cognitive science of mathematics, a field which attempts to establish a foundation ontology based on the human cognitive and scientific process.
One article distributed this way is "Metaphor and War: The Metaphor System Used to Justify War in the Gulf", in which Lakoff argues that the particular conceptual metaphors used by the first Bush administration to justify American involvement in the Gulf ended up either obscuring reality, or putting a handy conservative spin on the facts.
Presumably it is contributions such as this that have helped endear Lakoff to some political activists with little interest in theories of the mind.
george-lakoff.kiwiki.homeip.net   (1434 words)

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