The Grammar of Irish English

Language in Hibernian Style

By Markku Filppula

© 1999 – Routledge

356 pages

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About the Book

Irish English, also termed 'Anglo-Irish' or 'Hiberno-English', as in this book, is not usually perceived as having a grammatical system of its own. Markku Filppula here challenges this misconception and offers a descriptive and contact-linguistic account of the grammar of Hiberno-English.

Drawing on a wide range of authentic materials documenting Hiberno-English dialects past and present Filppula examines:

* the most distinctive grammatical features of these dialects

* relationships with earlier and other regional varieties of English

* the continuing influence of the Irish language on Hiberno-English

* similarities between Hiberno-English and other Celtic-influenced varieties of English spoken in Scotland and Wales

The Grammar of Irish English is a comprehensive empirical study which will be an essential reference for scholars of Hiberno-English and of value to all those working in the field of Germanic linguistics.


'…conducted by one of the foremost authorities on Hiberno-English syntax…the reader of this work can be assured of an up-to-date and major analysis of the issues involved in Hiberno-English. We are, therefore, deeply indebted to Professor Filppula.' - Seanchas Ard Mhacha: The Journal of the Armagh Historical Society Vol. 18, No. 1 (1999-2000)

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Germanic Linguistics

The Germanic languages are among the best described in the world and exhibit a considerable degree of variation. Yet, with the exception of English, their properties and structural variance have yet to be fully exploited for linguistic theory. The purpose of this series is to promote more intense interaction of general linguistics with the field of Germanic linguistics as a whole.

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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General