The return of an English pluperfect subjunctive?

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2002-03
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Fennell, Trevor Garth
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Department of Languages, Flinders University
Abstract
The introduction of the superfluous morpheme [әv] into past unfulfilled if-clauses in modern English raises serious questions of analysis. How is one to parse a clause like: “If I had’ve known that...”? It is proposed that the intrusive morpheme can be viewed as a marker of subjunctivity, whereby “real” and “unreal” pluperfects can be explicitly distinguished.
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Languages, Language Studies, linguistics, conditional, conditional perfect, grammar
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Fennell, Trevor G 2002. The return of an English pluperfect subjunctive? 'FULGOR', vol.1, iss.1, March.