1st Edition

Basic Irish: A Grammar and Workbook

By Nancy Stenson Copyright 2008
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    Basic Irish: A Grammar and Workbook provides a jargon-free introduction to the most commonly used grammatical structures within the Irish language. Focusing on the repeated use of grammatical patterns, this Workbook develops an understanding of the structures presented, making the forms familiar and automatic for learners.

    This user-friendly workbook includes:

    • terminology introduced and explained with multiple examples
    • exercises in the grammatical forms introduced in the text
    • translation exercises
    • an exercise key.

    1. Spelling and Pronunciation  2. Word Order  3. Initial Mutations Overview  4. Articles, Gender and Case  5. Personal Names (Lenition)  6. Place Names  7. Noun Classes and Declensions  8. Prepositions  9. Numbers 1-20  10. Verbs I  11. Verbs II  12. Negated and Questioned Verbs  13. Past Tense of Regular Verbs  14. Irregular Verbs  15. The Verb bí  16. The Copula Is  17. Is vs. bí  18. Idioms with Is  19. Predicate and Attributive Adjectives  19. Other Noun Phrase Elements  20. Pronouns  21. Prepositional Pronouns  22. Verbal Nouns: Progressive, Stative Constructions  23. Verbal Nouns: Inverted Word Order  24. Perfect Forms  25. Possession and Ownership  26. Indirect Speech  27. Relative Clauses I  28. Content Questions


    Nancy Stenson is Professor within the Linguistics dept of the University of Minnesota. She is currently researching borrowing and code-switching in Irish; she has taught English as a Second Language, French and Irish. She has written extensively on linguistic diversity, language contact and on Irish linguistics. Her single authored publications include: Studies in Irish Syntax . Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag