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S. I Hayakawa was a Canadian-born American academic and politician of Japanese ancestry. He was an English professor, and served as president of San Francisco State University and then as United States Senator from California from 1977 to 1983. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Hayakawa earned graduate degrees in English from McGill University and University of Wisconsin–Madison. Professionally, Hayakawa was a linguist, psychologist, semanticist, teacher and writer. His first book on semantics, Language in Thought and Action, was published in 1949 as an expansion of the earlier work, Language in Action, written since 1938 and published in 1941 to be a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. This book, still in print, helped popularize Alfred Korzybski's general semantics, a set of ideas about the relationship between language and social behavior. 


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