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Title: The Irish of Iorras Aithneach, County Galway
Written By: Brian Ó Curnáin
URL: http://www.celt.dias.ie/publications/cat/e/e2-13.html
Description:

This grammar is the most comprehensive treatment of any variety of Irish
Gaelic. It is the fruit of over twenty years of collaboration with speakers
from west Connacht (Iorras Aithneach, County Galway). It is based on
extensive field-work, published and unpublished lore, and recent as well as
older recordings. These sources provide a picture of widespread variation
and change across the six generations born between 1850 and 2000. The
grammar draws on several branches of linguistics: descriptive and
historical linguistics, dialectology and sociolinguistics.

Many topics previously untouched in Irish linguistics are dealt with in
considerable detail. For instance, a definitive analysis of phonemic
nasalisation as well as the step-by-step intergenerational loss of such
nasalisation and its interaction with nasal speech setting; a complex shift
in place of articulation of coronal consonants and one vowel;
family-specific morphological use; instances of dialect mixture through the
influence of parents on their children; innovative pronominal use
conditioned, among other features, by the sex of speakers; explanation of
innovative genitive and plural suffixes; combinatorial possibilities of
prefixes; variables with a wide range of variants, termed hypervariables,
and the licensing of such heterogeneity; the grammar of higher register in
folklore; change in 'young people’s dialect' including simplification and
loss of distinctions.

Volume I provides an introduction and chapters on historical phonology,
sandhi and nominal morphology.

Volume II describes plural noun morphology, the verb and pronominals.

Volume III contains chapters on prepositions, functors, initial mutations,
higher register, borrowings and language contact, and onomastics.

Volume IV presents transcriptions and a CD containing recordings of a
selection of speakers across the generations. The final volume also
contains a vocabulary, bibliography and four indexes.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (School of Celtic Studies)
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Morphology
Phonology
Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Irish
Language Family(ies): None
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