The categories of Modern Irish verbal inflection

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Title: The categories of Modern Irish verbal inflection
Authors: Acquaviva, Paolo
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/6362
Date: Nov-2014
Abstract: This paper sets out to identify the categories underlying Irish verbal inflection and to explain why they have their observed morphological and semantic properties. Assuming that the semantic range of a tense is a function of the whole clause, it derives the tenses of Irish from three syntactic features. Their basic value and position in the clause, along with that of other independently justified formatives, determines the attested range of interpretations for each tense, while the way they are spelled out determines the observed morphological patterns. Since the analysis of verbal categories is based on their syntactic realization, the same explanation accounts for the paradigmatic structure of Irish conjugation and for various syntagmatic phenomena of contextual allomorphy. A language-specific investigation thus claims a broader theoretical significance as an exploration of the interconnected workings of syntax, morphology, and semantics.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Journal: Journal of Linguistics
Volume: 50
Issue: 3
Start page: 537
End page: 586
Copyright (published version): 2014 Cambridge University Press
Keywords: Irish morphologySemanticsSyntax verbs
DOI: 10.1017/S0022226714000176
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Research Collection

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