Basic Irish: A Grammar and Workbook

By Nancy Stenson

© 2008 – Routledge

246 pages

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Paperback: 9780415410410
pub: 2007-12-21
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About the Book

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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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

About the Series

Grammar Workbooks

These titles combine explanation with exercise work. The Basic Grammar Workbooks are for learners starting at elementary level. Intermediate Grammar Workbooks follow on from these and are for learners who have achieved basic proficiency and wish to progress to more complex language. Each combines clear, concise grammar explanations with communicatively oriented exercises to help build confidence and fluency.
Suitable for independent learners and students on taught courses, the Basic and Intermediate volumes together form a structured course of the essentials of each language's grammar.

All Grammar Workbooks are available as inspection copies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FOR000000
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / General
FOR029000
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / Celtic Languages
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
LAN006000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Grammar & Punctuation