Resources: The English subjunctive: scholarly opinions

Since we’ve quit teaching grammar in most American classrooms, it’s very difficult for students to understand the difference between verbal inflections like tense, aspect, voice, and mood.  To be fair, the English inflection system has been very weak for centuries now, but there are still remnants of it.  If you’re having trouble teaching about the subjunctive mood, this is an excellent resource.  It provides scholarly definitions of the phenomenon and a number of examples.  

The English subjunctive: scholarly opinions.

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Dr. Jaclyn Ocumpaugh received a PhD for her dissertation on regional variation in the acoustics of Mexican American English (Michigan State University, East Lansing). Before that, she received an MA in English/Linguistics from North Carolina State University for her work on the acoustics of /r/--a sound which is highly variable in the English language. Her passion, however, has always been to understand the social implications of language variation. In addition to her work in acoustic sociophonetics, she has worked with rape trial analysis, developed cognitive methods for understanding discourse level variation between men and women, and created sophisticated tools for teaching future educators about the kinds of dialect variation they will find in the classroom. She has taught classes in English, Linguistics, and Education at Old Dominion University, William & Mary, the University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is helping to develop models of student engagement in the classroom. She also consults in the private sector.
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