- The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax
- Some Notes on Comparative Syntax, with Special Reference to English and French
- On the Grammatical Basis of Language Development: A Case Study
- Comparative Syntax and Language Disorders
- Object Shift, Verb Movement, and Verb Reduplication
- Finiteness and Negation in Dravidian
- On Some Descriptive Generalizations in Romance
- Classifiers in Four Varieties of Chinese
- Morphology and Word Order in “Creolization” and Beyond
- The Slavic Languages
- The Scandinavian Languages
- Noun Class, Gender, and the Lexicon-Syntax-Morphology Interfaces: A Comparative Study of Niger-Congo and Romance Languages
- Agreement and Its Placement in Turkic Nonsubject Relative Clauses
- Quʼest-ce-que (<i>qu</i>)-<i>est-ce-que</i>?: A Case Study in Comparative Romance Interrogative Syntax
- Clitic Placement, Grammaticalization, and Reanalysis in Berber
- Clitic Placement in Western Iberian: A Minimalist View
- Comparative Athapaskan Syntax: Arguments and Projections
- Number Agreement Variation in Catalan Dialects
- Classifiers and DP Structure in Southeast Asia
- The Celtic Languages
- Preverbal Elements in Korean and Japanese
- Continental West-Germanic Languages
- Language Index
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article examines the syntactic patterns in Celtic languages. It discusses the existence of what is often termed I-SVO order (where I indicates the inflected element), which has been significant in generative analyses of Celtic clause structure. The analysis reveals that despite the close genetic relationship between the four surviving Celtic languages, their syntax differs in nontrivial ways. The general conclusion is that the Celtic languages are not syntactically exotic but, rather, can be analyzed with existing syntactic apparatus.
Maggie Tallerman has spent her professional life in northeast England, at Durham then Newcastle University, where she is currently Professor of Linguistics. Her edited and authored books include Language origins: Perspectives on evolution (OUP, 2005), Understanding syntax (Hodder/OUP, third edition 2001), and The syntax of Welsh (co-authored with Borsley and Willis; CUP, 2007). She started working on evolutionary linguistics in case a guy on a train asked her where lanugage came from, though some think her real work is on Welsh.
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