The Subjunctive in the Age of Prescriptivism

English and German Developments During the Eighteenth Century

  • Anita¬†Auer

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

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

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  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2009
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Language & Linguistics Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-36525-8
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-58436-5
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