Brian Nolan

List of John Benjamins publications for which Brian Nolan plays a role.


Subjects Semantics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics

Causation, Permission, and Transfer: Argument realisation in GET, TAKE, PUT, GIVE and LET verbs

Edited by Brian Nolan, Gudrun Rawoens and Elke Diedrichsen

[Studies in Language Companion Series, 167] 2015. vi, 499 pp.
Subjects Semantics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics
Subjects Computational & corpus linguistics | Functional linguistics | Semantics | Syntax | Terminology
Subjects Functional linguistics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics


This chapter is concerned with the nature of complex events and complex predicates in Irish. We characterise the framing of complex events within a situation. A situation is considered to be a structured entity with certain attributes that serves as a unifying device to link semantics to events… read more | Article
In this study we take an ‘above the clause’ perspective on the conceptualisation of complex events of Irish English and Modern Irish within a functional Role and Reference Grammar perspective, using corpus based data. Functional models of language generally assume some layered structure of the… read more | Article
This paper explores the encoding of the concepts of transfer, let/allow and permission with give, put, take, get, let and permit verbs of Modern Irish and issues with syntactic construction patterns, argument realisation, event chaining and complex multi-verb clauses. These concepts are explored as… read more | Article
Nolan, Brian, Elke Diederichsen and Gudrun Rawoens. 2015. Introduction. Causation, Permission, and Transfer: Argument realisation in GET, TAKE, PUT, GIVE and LET verbs, Nolan, Brian, Gudrun Rawoens and Elke Diedrichsen (eds.), pp. 1–11
This paper advances a model of conversational agents in a computational framework that builds on the notion of speech act performatives from discourse within a functional model of grammar. We describe the language specific elements of the intelligent conversational agents paradigm and how it can be… read more | Article
This paper proposes a view of the linguistic construction in Role and Reference Grammar (RRG) in which constructions are posited to be structured grammatical objects with a unique constructional signature that uniquely identifies them. We argue that the construction has an input and an output, and… read more | Article
This paper characterises complex predicates and light verb constructions in Modern Irish. Light verbs are attested in many of the world’s languages (Alsina, Bresnan & Sells, 2001; Butt, 1995, 2003). Cross linguistically, there appears to be a common class of verbs involved in these constructions… read more | Article
Nolan, Brian and Carlos Periñán-Pascual. 2014. Introduction. Language Processing and Grammars: The role of functionally oriented computational models, Nolan, Brian and Carlos Periñán-Pascual (eds.), pp. 1–12
It is now accepted that constructions exist at all levels in grammar from clausal syntax to word level morphology and even within the lexicon itself where lexical items themselves may be viewed as constructions. Constructions may also encompass lexical, semantic and pragmatic information. The… read more | Article
Nolan, Brian. 2013. Constructional polysemy and argument realisation with the Irish GET verb. Argument Structure in Flux: The Naples-Capri Papers, Gelderen, Elly van, Jóhanna Barðdal and Michela Cennamo (eds.), pp. 87–116
This paper reports on the nature of argument realisation in GET constructions in Irish with the verb faigh ‘get’ and the challenges it poses for theories concerned with argument realisation, event structure and the syntax to semantics linking system. This construction licences both… read more | Article
Nolan, Brian and Elke Diedrichsen. 2013. Introduction. Linking Constructions into Functional Linguistics: The role of constructions in grammar, Nolan, Brian and Elke Diedrichsen (eds.), pp. vii–xx
In this paper we are concerned with providing elements of a characterisation of modality in RRG using data from Irish, a VSO language found on the west of Europe. We outline the characteristics of modality drawing on previous work on modality and modal logic, and relate this to patterns in sentence… read more | Article
Nolan, Brian. 2006. The passives of Modern Irish. Passivization and Typology: Form and function, Abraham, Werner and Larisa Leisiö (eds.), pp. 132–164
This paper is about the passive construction, of which modern Irish (a vso language) has two primary forms, the personal passive and its variants, and the impersonal. An empirical question is posed as to whether a third passive form exists within the language, that of a functionally defined get… read more | Article