Linguistics and the Third Reich
Mother-tongue Fascism, Race and the Science of Language
This book presents an insightful account of the academic politics of the Nazi era and analyses the work of selected linguists, including Jos Trier and Leo Weisgerber. Hutton situates Nazi linguistics within the politics of Hitler's state and within the history of modern linguistics.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Chapter 1 Whose History?; Chapter 2 The Defence of Cultural Diversity; Chapter 3 Academic Politics; Chapter 4 Etymology as Collective Therapy; Chapter 5 The Strange Case of Sonderführer Weisgerber; Chapter 6 ‘A Complicated Young Man with a Complicated Fate, in a Complicated Time’; Chapter 7 Yiddish Linguistics and National Socialism; Chapter 8 Vitalist Linguistics; Chapter 9 Linguistics, Race and the Horror of Assimilation;
Christopher M. Hutton currently teaches linguistics in the Department of English at the University of Hong Kong. He previously taught Yiddish Studies at the University of Texas, USA and at the Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies, UK.
'...an extremely interesting book.' - Winifred V. Davies, German Politics Vol. 9, No.3 Dec 2000