This paper presents a close reading of testimonies of Holocaust survivors. This close reading approaches the ways in which traumatic language breaks its own rules and generates a syntactic lacuna, opening up an abyss in the structure of the sentence. While analyzing these texts, the paper will give special attention to breakdowns in language, assuming that this is the witnesses' way of inserting an experience of ambiguity into the ostensibly coherent flow of speech.
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- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Clinical Psychology
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Psychiatry and Mental health