The Syntax of the Celtic Languages: A Comparative Perspective

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Overview

Leading researchers examine the Celtic languages in comparative perspective, making reference to European and Arabic languages; they use the insights of principles-and-parameters theory. A substantial introduction makes the volume accessible to theoreticians unfamiliar with the Celtic languages and to specialists. The book makes a strong contribution to linguistic theory and to our understanding of the Celtic languages.
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"...useful for both practitioners of P&P syntax and 'fellow travelers' working on Celtic syntax from other perspectives." H. Paul Manning, Anthropological Linguistics

"...provides solid and deep insight into major syntactical issues in the Celtic languages." Journal of Indo-European Studies

"...the volume is a valuable contribution to the existing literature on Celtic syntax" Canadian Journal of Linguistics

"...they cover considerable ground, and the volume is a valuable contribution to the existing literature on Celtic syntax." Máire B. Noonan, Canadian Journal of Linguistics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521023245
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Introduction 1
1 Long head movement in Breton 53
2 Some syntactic effects of suppletion in the Celtic copulas 75
3 Fronting constructions in Welsh 97
4 Bod in the present tense and in other tenses 125
5 Pronominal enclisis in VSO languages 171
6 Aspect, agreement and measure phrases in Scottish Gaelic 200
7 A minimalist approach to some problems of Irish word order 223
8 Subjects and subject positions in Irish 241
9 Negation in Irish and the representation of monotone decreasing quantifiers 284
10 On structural invariance and lexical diversity in VSO languages: arguments from Irish noun phrases 314
References 341
Index 357
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