Carnie, Andrew (2008) Irish Nouns: A Reference Guide. Oxford University Press
his book provides the first comprehensive reference on noun declensions in Modern Irish. Traditional descriptions of Noun Inflection are notoriously complex and filled with exceptions and irregularities. In this book, Andrew Carnie provides a new description of the way Irish nouns are inflected. By proposing ten declension classes instead of the traditional five and by separating off seven major types of plural formation, this work provides a systematic and straightforward characterization of nominal paradims in the language, which captures important generalizations about the inflection of nouns. In addition to this new description, Carnie provides fully inflected paradigms for 1200 nouns, and a reference list of 10,000 Irish nouns annotated with their new declension class, their plural type and the form of the genitive singular and common case (nominative) plural. Irish Nouns: A Reference Guide also includes parallel information on the inflection of adjectives and prepositions.
This unique reference tool will be invaluable not only to language researchers and authors, but to teachers and students of the language, whether they are native speakers or beginners.
Hardback: ISBN10: 0199213755
Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie. Volume 59, Issue 1, Pages 247–248, ISSN (Online) 1865-889X, ISSN (Print) 0084-5302, https://doi.org/10.1515/zcph.2012.017 November 2012 (reviewer: G. Hemprich)
Table of Contents
2. Inflecting Irish Nouns: Singular Declensions
3. Inflecting Irish Nouns: Plural Types
5. Verbal Nouns
6. 1200 Irish Nouns
7. 10000 Irish Nouns
8. The Declension of Adjectives
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