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Title: The Subjunctive in the Age of Prescriptivism
Subtitle: English and German Developments During the Eighteenth Century
Written By: Anita Auer
Series Title: Palgrave Studies in Language History and Language Change

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.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0230574416
ISBN-13: 9780230574410
Pages: 240
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