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The History of the Present English Subjunctive: A Corpus-based Study of Mood and Modality

Lilo Moessner


Based on the definition of the subjunctive as a realisation of the grammatical category mood and an expression of the semantic/pragmatic category modality the book presents the first comprehensive and consistent description of the history of the present English subjunctive. It covers the periods Old English (OE), Middle English (ME), and Early Modern English (EModE), and it considers all contruction types in which the subjunctive is attested, namely main clauses, noun clauses, relative clauses, and adverbial clauses. Besides numerically substantiating the well-known hypothesis that the simplif ... More

Keywords: mood, modality, adverbial clause, main clause, noun clause, relative clause, OE, ME, EModE

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474437998
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474437998.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lilo Moessner, author
RWTH Aachen University