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In this short paper, I look at the phenomenon of " mixed category" verbal nouns in Irish. Unlike previous accounts, I claim that nominal characteristics of these categories follow from two sources: In one group of verbal nouns, they exhibit nominal properties because they have nominal functional morphology (following Borsley and Kornfilt, 2000). In the other group, there is no nominal functional structure and the " nominality" of verbal nouns is epiphenomenal. Instead, I claim that the relevant " nominal" properties of this second group are simply the effect of an inherent-case-as-repair strategy used when a structural case position is unavailable due to a variety of causes, including idiosyncratic selectional effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1207-1224
Number of pages18
Issue number7
StatePublished - May 2011


  • Case
  • Functional categories
  • Inherent case
  • Irish
  • Repair strategy
  • Verbal noun

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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