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Modern Irish
A Comprehensive Grammar

ISBN 9781138236523
Published November 8, 2019 by Routledge
322 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Modern Irish: A Comprehensive Grammar is a complete reference guide to modern Irish grammar, providing a thorough overview of the language.

Key features include:

  • highly systematic coverage of all levels of structure: sound system, word formation, sentence construction and connection of sentences

  • authentic examples and English translations which provide an accessible insight into the mechanics of the language
  • an extensive index, numbered sections, cross-references and summary charts which provide readers with easy access to the information.

Modern Irish: A Comprehensive Grammar is an essential reference source for the learner and user of Irish. It is ideal for use in schools, colleges, universities, and adult classes of all types.

Table of Contents


1. Dialects of Irish

2. Sounds and spellings

3. Initial mutations

4. Terminology

Grammar I: Sentence basics

5. Basic word order

6. Non-declarative sentences

7. Being and having

8. Focus and emphasis with cleft sentences

Grammar II: Building blocks - major constituents

9. Verbs and verb phrases

10. Irregular verbs

11. Personal endings

12. Impersonal forms

13. Verbal nouns and adjectives

14. The syntax of verbal nouns and verbal adjectives: Expressions of aspect

15. Mood

16. Nouns and noun phrases

17. Pronouns

Grammar III: Building the Phrase - modifiers and adjuncts

18. Adjectives

19. Determiners

20. Numbers

21. Adverbs

22. Prepositions

Grammar IV: Complex Sentences

23. Coordinate, complement, and adjunct clauses

24. Relative clauses

25. Conditionals

Concluding chapters: Extra-sentential material

26. Names

27. Greetings, formulaic expressions, and discourse markers


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Nancy Stenson is Professor Emerita at the University of Minnesota. She specializes in Irish and Celtic linguistics and was co-editor of the Journal of Celtic Language Learning from 1995 to 2007.