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Title: The Syntax of Welsh
Written By: Robert D. Borsley
Maggie Tallerman
David W. E. Willis

Welsh, like the other Celtic languages, is best-known amongst linguists for its verb-initial word order and its use of initial consonant mutations. However it has many more characteristics which are of interest to syntacticians. This is a concise and accessible overview of the major syntactic phenomena of Welsh. A broad variety of topics are covered, including finite and infinitival clauses, noun phrases, agreement and tense, word order, clause structure, dialect variation, and the language's historical Celtic background. Drawing on work carried out in both Principles and Parameters theory and Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar, it takes contemporary colloquial Welsh as its starting point and draws contrasts with a range of literary and dialectal forms of the language, as well as earlier forms (Middle Welsh) were appropriate. An engaging guide to all that is interesting about Welsh syntax, this book will be welcomed by syntactic theorists, typologists, historical linguists and Celticists alike.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Welsh
Welsh, Middle
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521836301
ISBN-13: 9780521836302
Pages: 388
Prices: U.K. £ 75.00
U.S. $ 145.00