Bruce Wayne Hawkins

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Bruce Wayne Hawkins (13 April 1954) is an American linguist who studied and taught the science of cognition and self-inquiry.

He promotes a new shift in the cognitive paradigm, including an explicit study of rational, experiential truths.[1] Hawkins earned his PhD in linguistics at the University of California in San Diego in 1984. From 1987 to 2009 he was a professor in the English Department at Illinois State University.

His most significant academic contributions appear in a pair of volumes of Language and Ideology[2] in which he primarily edited. Following traditional tenets of general semantics, he combined theory and practice in his classroom instruction and systematically built effectual and affective roadmaps to self-analysis. He specifically trained undergraduates to separate highly charged linguistic environments from their higher cognitive functioning. The overarching goal was based on developing one into a more rational, self-regulated individual. His scientific theories are based on the established research of cognitive science and the more specific discipline of general semantics.


  1. ^ Casad, Eugene H. (1996). Cognitive linguistics in the redwoods: the expansion of a new paradigm in linguistics. Walter de Gruyter. pp. 316–. ISBN 978-3-11-014358-4. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Language and Ideology, ISBN 9781556197307