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Irish Nouns

Author : Andrew Carnie
ISBN : 9780199213757
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This book provides the first comprehensive source of reference on noun declensions in Modern Irish. Modern Irish nouns are divided into five declension classes, two genders, three cases, two major classes of plural formation, and by a rich variety of plural inflection suffixes. Each declension class contains subtypes which vary according to the quality of the final phoneme (vowel, palatalized consonant or velarized consonant). The addition of a determiner or preposition determiner combination can affect the pronunciation of the initial segment of the word. The form of the definite article to be used with a noun may vary according to its declension class, case, and number. Regular forms are described by rules describing these properties and the many exceptional and irregular forms must be described uniquely or in smaller groups. Even native speakers may find it hard to write correctly in standard Irish (an caighdean), their difficulties sometimes being compounded by widespreaddialectal variation.

The Sound Structure Of Modern Irish

Author : Raymond Hickey
ISBN : 9783110369038
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The Sound Structure of Modern Irish contains essential information about the phonology of modern Irish along with many analyses of general linguistic issues. A major focus of the book is on a typological comparison between Irish and a number of other languages which have functionalised such phenomena as palatalisation and/or initial mutation.

The Dialects Of Irish

Author : Raymond Hickey
ISBN : 9783110238303
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The book offers a comprehensive overview of forms of modern Irish within a general linguistic framework. Starting with information on the sociolinguistics of modern Irish and on the overall sound system of the language, it then proceeds with a tripartite division of the present-day language into northern, western and southern Irish. It gives specific information on the features of each dialect and considers many sub-divisions, using maps and tables to illustrate clearly what is the subject of discussion. There are several innovations in the book, such as a system of lexical sets which facilitate the description and analysis of variation and change in modern Irish. The data for the book stems from recordings of more than 200 speakers and all the statements made about the structure of Irish are based on native speakers' speech samples. These are supplied online with a software interface which allows users to quickly orient themselves among the varieties of Irish via clickable maps. A number of further issues are focused on in the book, such as the possibility of dialect reconstruction and the use of place-name evidence for determining the earlier distribution of Irish. Additional historical and background information is provided so that scholars and students without any previous knowledge of the language can readily grasp the themes and issues discussed.

Constituent Structure

Author : Andrew Carnie
ISBN : 9780199583454
Genre : Computers
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This book explores the empirical and theoretical aspects of constituent structure in natural language syntax, critically examining the strengths and limitations of different approaches. It is an ideal introduction for graduate students and advanced undergraduates and a valuable reference for theoretical linguists of all persuasions.

The Oxford Reference Guide To English Morphology

Author : Laurie Bauer
ISBN : 9780198747062
Genre : English language
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The first comprehensive description of English word formation covers inflection and derivation, compounding, conversion, and minor processes such as subtractive morphology. It combines theory-neutral presentation of data with theoretically informed analysis. Winner of the 2015 Bloomfield Book Award and written by three outstanding scholars, this is a vital reference for all linguists.

Agents In Early Welsh And Early Irish

Author : Nicole M?ller
ISBN : 0198235879
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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"Dr. Muller has written the book to be accessible to a wide range of scholars and students, including those in linguistics, historical and comparative philology, Celtic studies, and medieval language and literature."--BOOK JACKET.

The Concise Oxford Dictionary Of Linguistics

Author : P. H. Matthews
ISBN : 9780199675128
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This authoritative dictionary provides coverage across the field of linguistics, both the theoretical and the practical. In over 3,250 entries it clearly defines terms relating to phonetics, grammar, semantics, languages (spoken and written), dialects, and sociolinguistics.


Author : David Stifter
ISBN : 0815630727
Genre : Foreign Language Study
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David Stifter's Sengoidelc (SHAN-goy-thelg) provides a comprehensive introduction to Old Irish grammar and metrics. As an introductory text to the Irish language spoken around the eighteenth century C.E., this essential volume, covering all aspects of the grammar in a clear and intuitive format, is ideally suited for use as a course book or as a guide for the independent learner. This handbook also will be an essential reference work for students of Indo-European philology and historical linguistics. Stifter leads the novice through the idiosyncracies of the language, such as initial mutations and the double inflection of verbs. Filled with translation exercises based on selections from Old Irish texts, the book provides a practical introduction to the language and its rich history. Sengoidelc opens the door to the world of Old Irish literature, famous not only for the Tain Bo Cuailnge (The Cattle Raid of Cuailnge) and its lyrical nature poetry but also as a major source for the political and legal history of Ireland. Stifter's book is an ideal tool for both the self-taught individual and the classroom environment. It will be of interest to beginning students of Old and Middle Irish, to scholars of Irish history, Celtic culture, and comparative linguistics, and to readers of Irish literature.

Transitive Nouns And Adjectives

Author : John J. Lowe
ISBN : 9780198793571
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This book explores the wealth of evidence from early Indo-Aryan for the existence of transitive nouns and adjectives, a rare linguistic phenomenon which, according to some categorizations of word classes, should not occur. John Lowe shows that most transitive nouns and adjectives attested in early Indo-Aryan cannot be analysed as a type of non-finite verb category, but must be acknowledged as a distinct constructional type. The volume provides a detailed introduction to transitivity (verbal and adpositional), the categories of agent and action noun, and to early Indo-Aryan. Four periods of early Indo-Aryan are selected for study: Rigvedic Sanskrit, the earliest Indo-Aryan; Vedic Prose, a slightly later form of Sanskrit; Epic Sanskrit, a form of Sanskrit close to the standardized 'Classical' Sanskrit; and Pali, the early Middle Indo-Aryan language of the Buddhist scriptures. John Lowe shows that while each linguistic stage is different, there are shared features of transitive nouns and adjectives which apply throughout the history of early Indo-Aryan. The data is set in the wider historical context, from Proto-Indo-European to Modern Indo-Aryan, and a formal linguistic analysis of transitive nouns and adjectives is provided in the framework of Lexical-Functional Grammar.

Formal Approaches To Celtic Linguistics

Author : Assistant Professor of Linguistics Andrew Carnie
ISBN : 9781443830515
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This collection brings together the latest research into the syntax, semantics, phonology, phonetics and morphology of the Celtic languages. Based on presentations given at the Formal Approaches to Celtic Linguistics Conference in 2009, this book contains articles by leading Celtic linguists on Breton, Modern Irish, Old Irish, Scottish Gaelic, and Welsh, on a wide variety of topics ranging from the syntax and semantics of clefts to the articulatory phonology of fortis sonorants.

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