Modern Irish

Micheal O Siadhail considers modern Irish dialects against the background of their common grammar, providing a comprehensive overview for Celticists and general linguists with an interest in dialectical comparison. His Modern Irish contains a wealth of empirical data which is analysed in a fresh and accessible manner, keeping technical terminology to a minimum. It includes background information on the Irish language and gives explanations of basic concepts in order to compare the phonology, morphology and syntax of the dialects. Students of linguistics amd the Irish language will welcome this clear and sensible cross-dialectal survey by Micheal O Siadhail, who is well-known as an Irish scholar and as a poet.

• Micheal O’Siadhail is well-known throughout Ireland and the US as an Irish scholar and a poet • There has been great demand from the bookshops in Ireland for a paperback of his book Modern Irish, which is of interest to the general Irish Studies market as well as to students of Celtic languages


List of tables; List of figures; Preface; List of abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. Phonology: 1. Introduction to Phonology; 2. The syllabic system; 3. The vowels; 4. The semi-vowel and consonant systems; Part II. Morphology: 5. Introduction to morphology; 6. General morphological rules; 7. The noun; 8. The verb; Part III. Syntax: 9. Introduction to Syntax; 10. The copula; 11. Complementation and modal and auxiliary verbs; 12. Non-complemental subordination and marginal syntactic features; Glossary; References; Index of Irish words.