On the Origins and Development of Periphrastic Perfects in Irish

Ailbhe Ó Corráin

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    This paper offers a new analysis of the evolution of two important periphrastic constructions within the Irish verbal system. A number of problems are resolved as regards the emergence of these formations, the relationship between them and their complicated functional development. Examples of the formations are gleaned from a wide range of texts from the 12th to the 17th century and use is made of Kurylowicz’s fourth law of analogy to demonstrate how a regressive formation is ousted from its primary function and reduced to the expression of a previously subordinate function.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)187-207
    JournalStudia Celtica Upsaliensia
    Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2007


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