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The Use of Modal Expression Preference as a Marker of Style and Attribution

Canon, Elizabeth Bell

The Use of Modal Expression Preference as a Marker of Style and Attribution

The Case of William Tyndale and the 1533 English Enchiridion Militis Christiani

Series: Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics - Volume 76

Year of Publication: 2010

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2010. X, 169 pp.
ISBN 978-1-4331-0832-7 hardback  (Hardcover)
ISBN 978-1-4539-0034-5 (eBook)

Weight: 0.440 kg, 0.970 lbs

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Book synopsis

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.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

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.

Series

Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics. Vol. 76
General Editor: Irmengard Rauch