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1 Grammatical Change in a Dying Dialect (1973)

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This chapter examines certain grammatical changes in progress in the isolated Gaelic-English bilinguals speech community. The younger Embo bilinguals grew up in a community which lacked a monolingual Gaelic norm. There no awareness at all in the community of developments currently underway in the grammar of the so-called 'initial mutations'. Initial mutations are phonological alternations in certain word- or root-initial consonants in a wide variety of syntactic environments. In East Sutherland Gaelic (ESG) the mutational system may be said to be the same for all age groups. Although the term 'passive' suggests a verbal structure to the English speaker, the passive in ESG is essentially a nominal construction centered on a possessive pronoun modifying a gerund. It is within the co-ordinate case systems of the article and the masculine noun that we find mutational variability which correlates once again with the age of the speaker.

Keywords: East Sutherland Gaelic; Gaelic-English bilinguals; grammatical change; initial mutations; masculine noun; monolingual Gaelic norm; mutational variability; possessive pronoun



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