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The Subjunctive in the Age of Prescriptivism
 
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The Subjunctive in the Age of Prescriptivism
English and German Developments During the Eighteenth Century
 
 
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19 Dec 2008
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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.


Description

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.


Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Eighteenth-Century English Grammars and the Subjunctive Mood
The Subjunctive Mood in Eighteenth-Century England: A Corpus Study
Eighteenth-Century German Grammars and the Subjunctive Mood
The Subjunctive Mood in Eighteenth-Century Germany and Austria: A Corpus Study
Standardisation Processes in England and the German-speaking Areas
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index


Authors

ANITA AUER is an Assistant Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands. She has taught and lectured in Austria, England and the Netherlands. Her research interests and publications are mainly focused on historical linguistics in relation to English and German.