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
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
16. Nouns and noun phrases
Grammar III: Building the Phrase - modifiers and adjuncts
Grammar IV: Complex Sentences
23. Coordinate, complement, and adjunct clauses
24. Relative clauses
Concluding chapters: Extra-sentential material
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.