By George Lakoff Published Oct. 5, 2004 8:00 p.m.
One of the world's best-known linguists explains why progressives need to pay more attention to conservatives' most powerful weapon: framing. Lakoff provides a clear explanation of what framing is, why it's so important, and how progressives can use the tactic to their own gain. Read his section on "How to Respond to Conservatives" for examples on how progressives can win arguments with conservatives. If you lean left, don't miss this one.
About George Lakoff |
George Lakoff is Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a founding senior fellow at the Rockridge Institute. He is one of the world's best-known linguists. His expertise is in cognitive linguistics, the scientific study of the nature of thought and its expression in language.
Since the mid-1980s he has been applying cognitive linguistics to the study of politics, especially the framing of public political debate. He is the author of the influential book, Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think, (2nd edition, 2002). In addition to his work on political thought and language, he has been active in his academic discipline. He is currently on the Science Board of the Santa Fe Institute (1995-01), has served as President of the International Cognitive Linguistics Association and on the Governing Board of the Cognitive Science Society, and is co-director with Jerome Feldman of the Neural Theory of Language Project at the International Computer Science Institute at Berkeley.