Agents in Early Welsh and Early Irish
This book is the first in-depth investigation of the expression of agency in verbal noun and impersonal/passive constructions in medieval Welsh and Irish, drawing on a database of texts from different genres: narrative, legal, and annalistic. The analysis is primarily data-oriented, rather than theory-oriented, although it draws on methods and concepts from functional grammar approaches and cognitive linguistics.
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abstract action active agentive analysed Annals of Ulster appears attestations CAUSE cent comparatively complement concerned construction containing context continuity Cú Chulainn definite denoting dependent described Direct speech discussion element encountered entity entries environments example expressed fact finite four frequently full passive function further genitive given hand illustrated instances interpretation intransitive introduced Irish killed language later Latin marbad marker marking means medieval narrative nominal Note noun noun phrase object occur origin P₁ P2+do+P1 participant passive clauses pattern person phrase Pi marker position possible potential preceding preposition prepositional phrase present pronoun question reference regards relation represent semantic sense shows similar situation slogad specific structure syntactic Table TBCI term texts tion transitive usage verb verbal VN clauses VN constructions VN+0p VN+GEN Welsh