The Case of the {-th} Plural in the Earliest Text

Title

The Case of the {-th} Plural in the Earliest Text

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

2016

Authors

Journal

Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship

Pagination

79-108

Volume

18

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Bibliographic Citation

Carmack, Stanford. "The Case of the {-th} Plural in the Earliest Text" In Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship, Vol. 18. 2016:79-108.

Abstract

The earliest text of the Book of Mormon employs the {-th} plural — for example, “Nephi’s brethren rebelleth” — in a way that is substantially similar to what is found in many writings of the Early Modern period. The earliest text neither underuses nor overuses the construction, and it manifests inflectional variation and differential usage rates typical of Early Modern English. The totality of the evidence tells us that the Book of Mormon is most reasonably classified as a 16th- or 17th-century text, not as a 19th-century text full of biblical hypercorrections.

Textual Criticism

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