J. Talbot Winchell Award 2016-11-02T23:11:44+00:00

The J. Talbot Winchell Award

igslogo-smallerThe J. Talbot Winchell Award goes to an individual who has provided outstanding contributions and service to general semantics.

Awarded by the Institute of General Semantics, it is presented annually at the Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture.

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John Talbot Winchell (1895-1981) — known familiarly as “Tal” — was a longtime student and benefactor of general semantics, and a former Trustee and honorary Fellow of the Institute of General Semantics.

Winchell first came to Alfred Korzybski’s seminar in Los Angeles in 1939, and attended numerous seminars after then. He was a leader in general semantics in the Los Angeles area, remaining active until his death.

First awarded in 1988, the J. Talbot Winchell Award annually goes to individuals for their outstanding contributions and service to the cause of general semantics.

Past Recipients


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Devkumar Trivedi

Prafulla Kar

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Prafulla Kar accepts the award on behalf of Balvant Parekh.


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For information on the 65th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture on the evening of October 27, 2017, click here.
For information on the two-day General Semantics Symposium on October 28-29, 2017, click here.
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