This book "supplies a vocabulary of English words and idiomatic phrases 'arranged … according to the ideas which they express'. The thesaurus, continually expanded and updated, has always remained in print, but this reissued first edition shows the impressive breadth of Roget's own knowledge and interests."
The study is a language-historical investigation of the use of the conjunctive mood in speech rendition. The textual data source consists of 105 transcripts from questioning in Early Modern witch trials dating from 1580 to 1650. Numerous tables document the results in detail. The extensive appendix of data sources will be of interest not only to linguists, but also to historians.
This book was published by Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 3-11-019097-4 ISBN-13: 978-3-11-019097-7