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The Syntactic Preferences of Adolf Hitler in His Declaration of War on Poland


Margaret Hodges Eskew

This linguistic investigation into the form of Hitler’s language reveals the wide range of Hitler’s linguistic prowess, identifies definite structural preferences, refutes several popular myths surrounding Hitler’s language competency, suggests possible correlations between form and communicative intent, and contributes to the inventory of rhetorical devices. A culmination of over a decade of interdisciplinary research into the emergence of Hitler as dictator of Germany, the preconditions, and the ensuing effects on Germany, this book is a direct outgrowth of a course on the literature of the Third Reich, which Professor Eskew instituted in the late Seventies at Dillard University in New Orleans. Professor Eskew also provides a scholarly and critical review of literature in the field, accompanied by an extensive bibliography of more than 200 references to the language of Hitler and to selected studies on syntax.