LINGUIST List 12.516

Fri Feb 23 2001

Books: Irish Grammar

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  1. LINCOM EUROPA, Irish Grammar: Irish by A. Doyle

Message 1: Irish Grammar: Irish by A. Doyle

Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2001 14:29:35 +0100
Subject: Irish Grammar: Irish by A. Doyle


University of Gdansk 

This book offers a concise presentation of the main features of Modern
Irish. The first chapter contains a brief historical survey of the
language, and discusses the present sociolinguistic situation. The
next three chapters are concerned with the sound-system of Irish, its
morphology, and its syntax, and the book concludes with two sample
texts, accompanied by a phonetic transcription and interlinear

In the chapter on phonology, the question of morphophonological
alternations is discussed in detail: these include variation in the
quality and quantity of vowels, shifts in stress, and initial
mutations. In the chapter on morphology, particular attention is paid
to the morphosyntactic use of initial mutations, numerous paradigms
being provided of the effect exerted by various particles on the major
lexical categories of Irish. One section is devoted to derivational
morphology, an aspect of the language which has been neglected in past

The approach to syntax is novel. Rather than merely cataloguing the
various traditional sentence patterns found in Irish, the author
focusses on those aspects which are of relevance to current syntactic
research in general. All three chapters contain a comprehensive and
up-to-date range of references for further reading.

This study will be of interest both to general linguists with no
previous knowledge of Irish, and also to lecturers and students of
Celtic studies interested in language.

The author, a lecturer in linguistics at the University of Gda�sk, has
written on various aspects of the Irish language. Other publications
include a handbook and a reverse dictionary of Modern Irish, and a
number of articles concerned with morphology and syntax.

ISBN 3 89586 259 2. 
Languages of the World/Materials 201. 
Ca. 100pp. USD 40 / DM 64 / � 22.00. 

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