McKenna (Malachy)

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Eshel, Orit, and Malachy McKenna, “A functional analysis of copular clauses in the spoken Irish of Co. Donegal”, Studia Celtica Fennica 10 (2013): 31–43.  
This paper is intended in part to add to the discussion of the copula given in the standard grammar of Modern Irish, namely Graiméar Gaeilge na mBráithre Críostaí (GGBC) (`The Christian Brothers' Grammar of Irish') in the sense that the paper places particular importance on narrative context for the examples we will be discussing, whereas the instances of the copula cited in GGBC (pp. 207–227) are mostly context-free.

The text-type in question here is the folk-tale, illustrated by a recent recording of the Co. Donegal folk-tale Banríon an Uaigneas ‘The Queen of Loneliness’. As with any clause, copular clauses are perhaps best analysed within their immediate environment as well as from the standpoint of narrative texture. We will suggest that this approach provides an important aid to understanding (a) the meaning of these clauses, and (b) their role in creating a flow of discourse in a text.

The paper begins with a short review of the ways in which the copula and copular clauses have been characterised ‘traditionally’. We then move on to a description of approaches to subject and predicate and more contemporary theme and rheme, as viewed in information-structure analysis. We then analyse examples of copular clauses which appear in the story Banríon an Uaigneas.
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McKenna, Malachy, “An index of the Rann na Feirste material in Linguistic atlas and survey of Irish dialects i and iv”, Celtica 25 (2007): 108–142.
McKenna, Malachy, “Towards a lexical phonology and morphology of spoken Ulster Irish”, in: Séamus Mac Mathúna, and Ailbhe Ó Corráin (eds), Miscellanea Celtica in memoriam Heinrich Wagner, 2, Uppsala: Uppsala Universitet, 1997. 259–275.
McKenna, Malachy, “Conjugation of the verb in areas of East Ulster Irish: now you see it, now you don't”, Journal of Celtic Linguistics 1 (1992): 23–60.
McKenna, Malachy, “On pecthad ‘sinner’ in the Würzburg glosses”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 44 (1991): 79.
McKenna, Malachy, “Historically-long stressed vowels in a south-east Ulster text”, Celtica 21 (1990): 265–272.
McKenna, Malachy, A handbook of modern spoken Breton, Buchreihe der Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie, 6, Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1988.
McKenna, Malachy, “Index, appendix to index, and corrigenda to ‘The Breton of Guémené-sur-Scorff’”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 41 (1986): 116–158.
McKenna, Malachy, “The Breton literary tradition”, Celtica 16 (1984): 35–51.
McKenna, Malachy, “A note on E. Ulster nar and Old Irish náthar, nár”, Celtica 16 (1984): 52.
McKenna, Malachy, “A note on a feature of Omeath Irish”, Celtica 15 (1983): 65–66.
McKenna, Malachy, “The Breton of Guémené-sur-Scorff (Bas-Vannetais). Part III: a morphology of the noun”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 38 (1981): 29–112.
McKenna, Malachy, “The Breton of Guémené-sur-Scorff (Bas-Vannetais). Part II: a morphology of the verb [part 2]”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 37 (1979): 249–277.
McKenna, Malachy, “The Breton of Guémené-sur-Scorff (Bas-Vannetais). Part II: a morphology of the verb [part 1]”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 36 (1978): 199–247.
McKenna, Malachy, “The Breton of Guémené-sur-Scorff (Bas-Vannetais). Part 1: phonetics”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 35 (1976): 1–101.


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