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On the 'After Perfect' in Irish and Hiberno-English

Ó Corráin, Ailbhe (2005) On the 'After Perfect' in Irish and Hiberno-English. The Celtic Englishes IV, 1 . pp. 152-172. [Journal article]

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Abstract

This article addresses a question which was deemed ‘a mystery in the history of Hiberno-English’ and had defied every attempt at explanation. The research problem is, simply, that in early Hiberno-English the majority of examples of the ‘after perfect construction’, refer not to the past, as in current Irish English, but rather to the future. This article compares 17th century Hiberno-English texts with 16th and 17th century Gaelic texts and demonstrates that the use of the after perfect with future time reference in Hiberno-English is calqued on a similar use of this construction in early modern Irish.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of Irish Language and Literature
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute
ID Code:11978
Deposited By: Professor Bertie O'Corrain
Deposited On:16 Feb 2010 09:37
Last Modified:15 Aug 2012 11:24

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