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ERIC Number: ED012016
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Dec-29
Pages: 15
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THE CONTEXTUAL ANALYSIS OF SYMBOLISM IN LANGUAGE.
LAFFAL, JULIUS
A TECHNIQUE OF ANALYSIS OF SYMBOLISM IS PRESENTED, BASED ON THE IDEA THAT WORDS WHICH APPEAR IN CLOSE ASSOCIATION IN THE SPEECH OR WRITING OF AN INDIVIDUAL ARE PSYCHOLOGICALLY CLOSELY RELATED. THE LATENT MEANING, OR SYMBOLISM, OF A WORD IS ELUCIDATED BY SHOWING HOW CLOSE IT IS, CONCEPTUALLY, TO OTHER SELECTED WORDS OR THEMES IN THE INDIVIDUAL'S LANGUAGE. A TECHNIQUE, "THE ANALYSIS OF CONTEXTUAL ASSOCIATES," IS BASED ON THESE CONCEPTS. IF ONE TOOK A KEY WORD AND ABSTRACTED LIMITED VERBAL CONTEXTS SURROUNDING IT WHEREVER IT APPEARED, ONE WOULD HAVE A MATRIX OF CONTEXTS IN CLOSE ASSOCIATION WITH THE KEY WORD. THESE CONTEXTS WOULD PROVIDE A PICTURE OF THE KINDS OF IDEAS CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH THE KEY WORD. THE AUTHOR DISCUSSED THIS TECHNIQUE AS APPLIED TO THE WRITING OF DANIEL PAUL SCHREBER, A PROMINENT JUDGE IN GERMANY IN THE 19TH CENTURY, WHICH HAD CAUSED SOME CONTROVERSY BETWEEN THOSE USING FREUDIAN ANALYSIS AND THOSE WITH DIFFERENT OPINIONS. THIS PAPER WAS PRESENTED AT THE MEETING OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE (133D, WASHINGTON, D.C., DECEMBER 29, 1966). (RS)
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Identifiers: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA; Freudian Psychology