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Title: The Use of Modal Expression Preference as a Marker of Style and Attribution
Subtitle: The Case of William Tyndale and the 1533 English Enchiridion Militis Christiani
Written By: Elizabeth Bell Canon
Series Title: Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics - Volume 76

Can an author's preference for expressing modality be quantified and then used
as a marker of attribution? This book explores the possibility of using the
subjunctive mood as an indicator of style and a marker of authorship in Early
Modern English texts. Using three works by the sixteenth-century biblical
translator and polemicist, William Tyndale, Elizabeth Bell Canon establishes a
predictable preference for certain types of modal expression. The theory of
subjunctive use as a marker of attribution was then tested on the anonymous
1533 English translation of Erasmus' Enchiridion Militis Christiani. Also included
in this book is a modern English spelling version Tyndale's The Parable of the
Wicked Mammon.

The Author: Elizabeth Bell Canon holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from the
University of Georgia. She is currently Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the
University of Wisconsin at La Crosse.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781433108327
Pages: 179
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