The Case of Plural Was in the Earliest Text


The Case of Plural Was in the Earliest Text

TitleThe Case of Plural Was in the Earliest Text
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsCarmack, Stanford
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Volume18
Pagination109-137
KeywordsCritical Text; Early Modern English; Text
Abstract

Because it is primarily an Early Modern English text (in terms of its English language), the earliest text of the Book of Mormon understandably employs plural was — for example, “the words which was delivered” (Alma 5:11). It does so in a way that is substantially similar to what is found in many writings of the Early Modern period ­— that is, it manifests the syntactic usage, variation, and differential rates typical of that era.

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