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  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; New Ed edition (29 Aug. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521425190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521425193
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,511,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This carefully crafted book, the product of tremendous labour, should earn Ó Siadhail the thanks of the linguistics community. It has always struck me as odd that, given the extensive historical and descriptive studies of Irish, the language plays such a small part in theoretical linguistic discussions. The part it does play is principally in the arena of syntax, although that is certainly the area with the shortest tradition: the phonology and the morphology of the language are relatively ignored. This book certainly has the potential to reverse that situation by offering linguists of all stripes an excellent guide to the intricacies of Modern Irish." Language

"...Ó Siadhail has done a splendid job." C.M. Adderley, Language Quarterly

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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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By An Gael Maith on 28 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
This book provides a comprehensive view of the contemporary state of the dialects of Modern Irish. It provides detailed information regarding unique differences between each dialect and presents that information using a specific framework. It is an excellent reference book for any student of Modern Irish linguistics or indeed for those with an interest in the area.
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An intriguing tour of the Gaeltacht 25 Jan. 2002
By S. Gustafson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book would be of interest mostly to scholarly readers who have mastered the material in the author's -Learning Irish-. This is not a grammar, in the traditional sense; it is a survey of dialects, touching on the distinctive phonology of each.
And for such a dry subject, the book is unusually interesting. To attempt to summarise its thesis, the author maintains in effect that each speaker of Irish is an amateur etymologist. In the back of their minds, they have Platonic ideas of the words of the language, to which phonetic rules are applied to yield the spoken form. The book covers the phonetic rules that guide the several surviving dialects, and explains how the similar Ur-forms of the words yield the different results they do.
The book thus argues for the essential unity of Irish as a language, despite the divergence of its spoken forms. It also generates some sympathetic understanding for the cumbersome and daunting traditional orthography.
Excellent book for understanding the workings of Irish and its dialects. 14 Aug. 2014
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This is an excellent book for understanding how the different dialects "work" in Modern Irish. It's also of value to experts in the field of Irish Language and students alike.
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