Linguistic Purism in Action : How Auxiliary Tun Was Stigmatized in Early New High German

By (author) Langer, Nils

The auxiliary do (tun) is one of the most-discussed constructions in West Germanic. In German, there is a striking opposition between modern standard German, where the construction is virtually ungrammatical and considered to be "sub-standard" by most speakers, whilst, as this book shows, the construction is attested in all modern dialects as well as historic stages since 1350. In answering why auxiliary tun is ungrammatical in modern standard German, it is shown that the stigmatization of tun was caused by prescriptive grammarians in the 16th-18th century. Furthermore it is shown that the stigmatization of tun as "bad" German occurred in clearly discernible stages, from bad poetry (1550-1680), to bad written German (1680-1740) and finally to "bad" German in general (after 1740), thus providing evidence that the history of the standardization of German needs to take into account direct metalinguistic comments from prescriptive grammarians. The effectiveness of linguistic purism is also shown by evidence from two other constructions, namely polynegation and double perfect.

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書名 Linguistic Purism in Action : How Auxiliary Tun Was Stigmatized in Early New High German
著作者等 Langer, Nils
書名別名 How Auxiliary Tun Was Stigmatized in Early New High German
シリーズ名 Studia Linguistica Germanica 60
出版元 Walter de Gruyter & Co.
刊行年月 2001.01.01
ページ数 322p
ISBN 9783111776668
ISSN 18615651
言語 英語
出版国 ドイツ
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