Irish Nouns: A Reference Guide

Hardcover | October 1, 2008

byAndrew Carnie

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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 declensionclass 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 articleto 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 correctlyin standard Irish (an caighdean), their difficulties sometimes being compounded by widespread dialectal variation.

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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 declensionclass contains subtypes which vary accordin...

Andrew Carnie is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona where he has taught since 1998, before which he held teaching positions at Harvard University, MIT, and the University of Michigan. His 1999 MIT PhD thesis was Non-Verbal Predication and Head Movement. He is the co-editor of The Syntax of Verb Initial Lan...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.02 inPublished:October 1, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199213755

ISBN - 13:9780199213757

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Table of Contents

1. Preliminaries2. Inflecting Irish Nouns: Singular Declensions3. Inflecting Irish Nouns: Plural Types4. Pronouns5. Verbal Nouns6. 1200 Irish Nouns7. 10000 Irish Nouns8. The Declension of AdjectivesAppendixQuick Reference SheetReferences