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Psychology of language during the Third Reich

Willem J.M. Levelt

in A History of Psycholinguistics

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199653669
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191742040 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653669.003.0014
Psychology of language during the Third Reich

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This chapter shows how events during Adolf Hitler's regime interrupted the study of the psychology of language. It focuses on the contributors to the psychology of language and the neurologists who had previously contributed to the field of aphasiology. The first section discusses the psycholinguistic issues of language, race, and the world view, while the second and third sections study the 1931 Hamburg Congress of the German Psychological Society and the 1933 Leipzig Congress of the German Psychological Society. It then examines the effects of the ‘restauration’ of the German universities and some key individuals who contributed to the psychology of language. It also explores some developments on German psychology that emerged from 1933 to 1938. This chapter ends with a discussion of the fates of some notable contributors to linguistics.

Keywords: psychology of language; Third Reich; neurologists; race; world view; German Psychological Society; restauration; German psychology

Chapter.  20006 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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