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Glauber, I.P. (1940). The Psychology of Speech: By Jon Eisenson. New York: F. S. Crofts & Co., 1938. 272 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 9:568-572.

(1940). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 9:568-572

The Psychology of Speech: By Jon Eisenson. New York: F. S. Crofts & Co., 1938. 272 pp.

Review by:
I. Peter Glauber

In this book the author attempts to present the principles of psychology which underlie the problems of speech. He brings together three aspects of speech—the psychology of language, the pathological aspects of speech, and the relation of speech to the development of the personality—and treats them in their relation to each other. But he warns the reader that 'this is neither a textbook on speech pathology nor a complete treatise on any of the other related subjects'; its only goal is the 'better understanding of normal speech and the speech problems of the normal person'.

The book is composed of five parts: the nature and origin of speech; its basic psychological aspects; its development in the child; its relation to personality; and the psychology of the audience.

In part one, language is defined as any system of recognized symbols used to produce or prevent specific responses of thoughts, feelings, or actions; speech is that form of language which man produces without resorting to agencies outside of his own organism.

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