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How Joseph Smith’s Grammar Differed from Book of Mormon Grammar: Evidence from the 1832 History
|How Joseph Smith’s Grammar Differed from Book of Mormon Grammar: Evidence from the 1832 History
|Year of Publication
|Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture
|Early Church History; Early Modern English; Grammar; Smith, Joseph, Jr.; Translation
Some of the grammar of Joseph Smith’s 1832 History is examined. Three archaic, extra-biblical features that occur quite frequently in the Book of Mormon are not present in the history, even though there was ample opportunity for use. Relevant usage in the 1832 History is typical of modern English, in line with independent linguistic studies. This leads to the conclusion that Joseph’s grammar was not archaizing in these three types of morphosyntax which are prominent in the earliest text of the Book of Mormon. This corroborating evidence also indicates that English words were transmitted to Joseph throughout the dictation of the Book of Mormon.
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