A Comparison of a Generic Generative Grammar and Role and Reference Grammar: Modern Irish

Merla Perkins


This project is an investigation into the phenomenon of VSO in Modern Irish from two theoretical perspectives. In this project, I examine both analyses for Modern Irish VSO, pointing out the explanatory adequacy of both theories. I also note that under a RRG analysis, VSO is probably not the best analysis for Modern Irish, suggesting TSO (tense-subject-object) as a possibly better explanation of some phenomena regarding the verbs in Modern Irish. These phenomena are some that generative grammars have used to argue for an underlying SVO, but I favor the TSO analysis because of consistencies in the phenomenon that are particular to tense rather than to verbs.


Modern Irish; VSO Word Order; TSO Word Order; Role and Reference Grammar

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