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Movement and Mutation Processes in Modern Irish

  • Nigel Duffield
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Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 32)

Abstract

This chapter has two related goals.2 The first is to develop a syntactic account of initial consonant mutation (ICM) in Modern Irish, a phenomenon traditionally considered to be solely lexically or morphologically conditioned. It is argued here that there is a rather well-defined structural context for this effect, and that in spite of the many exceptions and idiosyncrasies in the expression of ICM, significant generalizations can be captured by adopting a syntactic approach to the problem.

Keywords

Functional Head Functional Projection Small Clause Syntactic Context Mutation Hypothesis 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nigel Duffield
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  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsMcGill UniversityCanada

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