Conspicuous Absences: Mutation & Extraction in Negated Contexts

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


In this chapter, we continue our investigation of Irish clause-structure through an examination of some apparent counter-examples to the Mutation Hypothesis proposed at the end of Chapter 2.1 These are grammatical particles which either fail to trigger the ICM effect predicted by the Mutation Hypothesis, or trigger the ‘wrong’ mutation effect, i.e., eclipsis where lenition is expected, or vice versa. The first case is instantiated by the negation morpheme gan shown in (la), which fails to induce mutation, and which minimally contrasts in its behavior with the homophonous preposition gan, meaning ‘without’, which invariably triggers lenition (lb):
  1. a.

    abair leis [IP gan pósadh/* phósadh] tell him NEG marry ‘tell him not to marry.’

  2. b.

    páiste [PP gan mhúineadh/* múineadh] child without manners ‘an unmannerly child.’



Relative Clause Matrix Clause Functional Head Sentential Negation Functional Projection 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nigel Duffield
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsMcGill UniversityCanada

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