1st Edition

Modern Irish A Comprehensive Grammar

By Nancy Stenson Copyright 2020
    322 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    322 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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



    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.