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Aidan Doyle

Aidan Doyle, M.A., Ph.D., Habilitation


A graduate of UCC, I did a PhD in Linguistics in Poland, where I taught for a number of years. I also spent some time Germany as a Humboldt Fellow, working on the post-doctoral degree recognized in Central Europe (habilitation), which I obtained in 2004. I returned to UCC in 2002.

  • Department of Modern Irish - Language classes (tutorials), academic writing (GA 6001), external history of Irish 1200-2010 (GA3019), Irish literature in 19th century (GA2017);

  • Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences – Introduction to English grammar (SL1001).

Research interests

Linguistics, with a special emphasis on morphology, syntax, language contact, and historical linguistics. I am willing to supervise graduate students of any linguistic background who are interested in my areas of expertise.



  • An Ghaeilge (with Edmund Gussmann). [Irish textbook for foreign students]. 1991. Lublin: Wydawnictwo KUL.

  • Noun derivation in modern Irish. 1992. Lublin: Wydawnictwo KUL.

  • A reverse dictionary of modern Irish (with Edmund Gussmann). 1996. Lublin: Wydawnictwo Folium.

  • Irish (Languages of the World Series). 2001. Munich: Lincom.

  • Covert and Overt Pronominals in Irish. 2002. Lublin: Wydawnictwo Folium.

  • Aistí ar an Nua-Ghaelige in ómós do Bhreandán Ó Buachalla (Aidan Doyle and Siobhán Ní Laoire, eds.). 2006. [Essays on modern Irish in honour of Breandán Ó Buachalla]. Dublin: Cois Life.


  • 'Suffix Rivalry: A Case Study in Irish Nominalisations'. 1992Yearbook of Morphology, 35-55.

  • 'Clitics and Noun Phrases in Irish'. 1994. In E. Gussmann and H. Kardela (eds.) Focus on Language, 97-110. Lublin: Wydawnictwo UMCS.

  • 'Compounds and Syntactic Phrases in Modern Irish'. 1996. Studia Anglica Posnaniensia 30: 83-96.

  • 'Nominal Borrowings and Word Formation in Irish'. 1996. In: H. Kardela and B. Szymanek (eds.) A Festschrift for Edmund Gussmann, 99-113.Lublin: Wydawnictwo KUL.

  • 'Inalienable Possession in English, Irish and Polish Morphology' (with Bogdan Szymanek). 1997. In:  R. Hickey and S. Puppel (eds.) Language History and Linguistic Modelling: A Festschrift for Jacek Fisiak on his 60th Birthday, 1379-1397. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

  • 'Obligatory and Optional Movement: the evidence from Irish'. 1998. In P. Stalmaszczyk (ed.) Projections and Mapping. Studies in Syntax, 43-55.Lublin: Wydawnictwo Folium.

  • 'Inflected Prepositions in Irish'. 1999. In: H.O. Spillmann and I. Warnke (eds.) Internationale Tendenzen der Syntaktik, Semantik und Pragmatik: Akten des 32. Linguistischen Kolloquiums in Kassel 1997, 93-100. Frankfurt: Peter Lang.

  • 'Prepositions and Reflexivity in Irish and English'. 2000. In: B. Rozwadowska (ed.) PASE Papers in Language Studies: Proceedings of the 8th Annual Conference of the Polish Association for the Study of English, 87-104.Wroc?aw: Wydawnictwo Aksel.

  • 'Verb-particle combinations in Irish and English'. 2001. In: J.M. Kirk and D.P. Ó Baoill (eds.) Language Links: The Languages of Scotland and Ireland, 81-99. Belfast: Queen’s University.

  • 'Tá “sorry” orm, ach níl sé suas chugat féin'. 2001. In:  M. Ó Cearbhaill (ed.) An Aimsir Óg  2, 275-279. Baile Átha Cliath: Coiscéim. 

  • 'Yesterday's Affixes as Today's Clitics: A Case-study in Degrammaticalisation'. 2002. In: I. Wischer and G. Diewald (eds.) New Reflections on Grammaticalization, 67-81. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

  • 'Forainmneacha agus briathra táite na Gaeilge'2003.  Ériu LIII, 61-90.

  • 'Unaccusative Verbs in Irish'. 2004. In J. Carey, M. Herbert, K. Murray (eds.), Cín Chille Cúile: Essays in Honour of Pádraig Ó Riain, 105-115. Aberystwyth: Celtic Studies Publications.

  • 'An fhaí chéasta leanúnach sa Nua-Ghaeilge'. 2006. In A. Doyle and S.Ní Laoire (eds.), Aistí ar an Nua-Ghaeilge in ómós do Bhreandán Ó Buachalla, 145-158. Dublin: Cois Life.

  • 'Passives, middles and reflexives in Irish'. 2007. Folia Linguistica Historica 28, 115-144.

  • 'Modern Irish scholarship at home and abroad'. 2008. In C. Nic Pháidín and S. Ó Cearnaigh (eds.), A new view of the Irish language, 202-211.Dublin: Cois Life.

  • 'Morphosyntactic change and the perfect passive of Irish'. 2009. In M. Bloch-Trojnar (ed.) Perspectives on Celtic languages, 143-160. Lublin: Wydawnictwo KUL.

  • 'The loss of the impersonal in bilingual speakers of Irish'. 2010. In P. Stalmaszczyk (ed.), Dimensions and categories of Celticity, 103-108. ?ód?: ?ód? University Press.


  • 'Modern Irish, M. Ó Siadhail'. 1991. Lingua, 362-364..

  • 'Celtic Word-Formation, P. Russell'. 1992. Lingua, 345-347.

  • 'Particles and Projections in Irish Syntax, N. Duffield'. 1997. Lingua55-66.

  • 'Sentential Complementation in a Functional Grammar of Irish, I. Genee'. 1999. Lingua, 69-72.

  • 'Caint Ros Muc I-II. Arndt Wigger'. 2006. Béascna 3. 135-137.

  • 'An Haicléara Mánas. Nancy Stenson'. 2006. Zeitschrift für Celtische Philologie 55, 280-282.

Department of Modern Irish

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