The Subjunctive in the Age of Prescriptivism

English and German Developments During the Eighteenth Century

  • Anita¬†Auer

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This monograph focuses on the description, use and development of the inflectional subjunctive in English and German in the eighteenth century. A close comparison between meta-linguistic comments (eighteenth-century grammars) and actual language usage (corpus study) allows the evaluation of the influence of prescriptivism on language change.


German Germany grammar language

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  • Anita¬†Auer
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  1. 1.University of UtrechtNetherlands

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