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LINGUIST List 20.30

Tue Jan 06 2009

Books: Historical Ling/Socioling: Auer

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        1.    Shereen Muhyeddeen, The Subjunctive in the Age of Prescriptivism: Auer


Message 1: The Subjunctive in the Age of Prescriptivism: Auer
Date: 23-Dec-2008
From: Shereen Muhyeddeen <s.muhyeddeenpalgrave.com>
Subject: The Subjunctive in the Age of Prescriptivism: Auer
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Title: The Subjunctive in the Age of Prescriptivism
Subtitle: English and German Developments During the Eighteenth Century
Series Title: Palgrave Studies in Language History and Language Change
Published: 2008
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
                http://www.palgrave.com

Book URL: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?PID=283288

Author: Anita Auer
Hardback: ISBN: 9780230574410 Pages: 240 Price: U.K. £ 50.00
Abstract:

Anita Auer presents a comparative study relating to the description, use
and development of the inflectional subjunctive in English and German in
the eighteenth century. She is concerned with the establishment of
linguistic norms in the history of English and German, with a particular
focus on the Austrian German variety, and the socio-political contexts in
which these norms arose, as well as their influence on actual usage. The
hitherto unresolved question of whether and to what extent prescriptive
grammarians influenced the development of the subjunctive in both languages
is examined and successfully evaluated through a close comparison between
meta-linguistic comments (eighteenth-century grammars) and actual language
usage (corpus study). Students and researchers of (socio-) historical
linguistics in English and German as well as other languages will find this
study comprehensive, carefully researched and accessible.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            German, Standard (deu)

Written In: English (eng )

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