Psychoanalytic reflections on a particular form of language distortion.

M. H. Spero

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A female obsessive patient communicated with her sister via a distortion of the Hebrew language, in which she masculinized the feminine gender second person pronoun and certain nouns. This treatment of words is analyzed in terms ranging from the concrete to the metaphoric uses of language. Lacan's emphasis on the meaning of the word is explored and is seen as an amplification rather than a replacement of the object relations approach to language and metaphor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-74
Number of pages21
JournalPsychoanalytic Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1990
Externally publishedYes


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