Jost Trier (15 December 1894 in Schlitz, Hesse – 15 September 1970 in Bad Salzuflen) was a German Germanic linguist and Medievalist.

Since 1932, Jost Trier taught as a professor at Münster University where he developed the lexical field theory. From 1933, Trier was a member of the Nazi party (NSDAP).[1] He viewed German philology in the terms of Nazi ideology ("Volkskörper", "Volksgemeinschaft").[2] This, however, proved no obstacle to a post-war career in Western Germany. In 1968 Trier was awarded the prestigious Konrad-Duden-Preis.

Literary worksEdit

  • Der deutsche Wortschatz im Sinnbezirk des Verstandes, 1931

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ernst Klee: Das Kulturlexikon zum Dritten Reich. Wer war was vor und nach 1945. S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2007, p. 620.
  2. ^ Jost Trier, Warum studieren wir die Geschichte unserer Muttersprache? In: Die Welt als Geschichte IV (1938), pp. 347−357