Juncture features in Literary Modern Welsh: cohesion and delimitation – Problematik, typology of exponents and features

Ariel Shisha-Halevy 1
  • 1 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Dept. of Linguistics, 91905 Jerusalem/Israel. shisha@shum.cc.huji.ac.il

In the following pages, I wish to present some preliminary reflections and some relevant documentation, upon attempting to understand the grammatical phenomenology of cohesion or linkage. This, I believe, is of the most fascinating, perhaps the most fascinating topic of syntax, for here is something close to the very quintessence of textuality – hence, of grammaticality itself, bearing in mind Louis Hjelmslev's opening words in his Prolegomena: “The object of interest for linguistic science are texts” (not “languages” or “a language” – which is only a seeming paradox). My corpus for the following observations is triple: some of Kate Roberts's short stories, and two novels (I am engaged in work on a comprehensive syntax of the corpus of K. R.'s fiction, on the basis of her editions and MSS, for which a pilot work, incorporating three monographic studies, appeared in 1998. The present paper may be seen as a cluster of preliminary worknotes to a chapter on juncture and textuality within this projected work). A second source is John Emyr's collection of short stories, Mynydd Gwaith a storiau eraill (Denbych, 1984). A third source are some numbers of the defunct weekly magazine Y Faner.

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Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie (ZcP) was founded in 1897 by Kuno Meyer and Ludwig Christian Stern. It is thus the oldest significant journal of Celtic studies still in existence. In the early period, its focus was on Celtic (mainly Irish) philology and ‘linguistic monuments’ to Continental Celtic (mainly Gaulish) languages. Later, these areas were extended to include new Celtic languages and typological questions.