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The Subjunctive in the Age of Prescriptivism

English and German Developments During the Eighteenth Century


About this book


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

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of UtrechtNetherlands

About the 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.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Subjunctive in the Age of Prescriptivism
  • Book Subtitle English and German Developments During the Eighteenth Century
  • Authors A. Auer
  • Editors
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Language History and Language Change
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2009
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Language & Linguistics Collection Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-230-57441-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-36525-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-58436-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 221
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Comparative Linguistics
    Language and Literature
    Historical Linguistics
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