Il Medioirlandese / Middle Irish: A Translation Into Italian of the Gaelic Text an Mheán-Ghaeilge by Liam Breatnach

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The only book of its kind that offers a detailed account of the orthography, phonology and morphology of Middle Irish available in print. This is an important research tool for linguists and professors and graduate students working in the language arts.

The book covers key issues of initial mutations, and gives a detailed account of inflection and word formation of nouns, adjectives, pronouns, numerals, adverbs, verbs and prepositions. Attested forms are commented upon from a historical point of view, and the dynamics of linguistic conversation and innovation, the mechanism of analogy, contrasting the Middle Irish forms with the corresponding Old Irish ones with an eye on the evolution of the language.


“This work will form the basis for all future study of the field of Middle Irish linguistics.”
-Prof. Ruairí Ó hUiginn,
National University of Ireland

“This work has the merit of being much more than a simple translation: thanks to her deep knowledge of the subject matter.”
Prof. Jacopo Bisagni,
National University of Ireland

“Her translation comes at a time of growing interest in medieval Irish in Italy. The translation is true to the original and lucidly executed.”
Prof. Damian McManus
Trinity College, Dublin

Table of Contents

Foreword by Ruairí Ó hUiginn
Sigle e abbreviazioni
Fonti e caratteristiche
Mutazioni iniziali
Il nome
Pronomi e pronominali
Il verbo
Desinenze personali
La preposizione
Sintassi e lessico
Note della curatrice
Indice delle parole gaeliche
Indice degli argomenti

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