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</I>
©2010 Monographs 169 Pages
Series: Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics, Volume 76
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.
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- 2011 (April)
- corpus analysis Enchiridion Militis Christiani Erasmus of Rotterdam The Obedience of a Christian Man The Parable of the Wicked Mammon subjunctive mood William Tyndale English Reformation The Practice of Prelates
- New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2010. X, 169 pp.