chapter  Chapter 19
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Determiners

ByNancy Stenson

Determiners are grammatical elements within a noun phrase that help to limit the potential referent of that phrase. They signal assumptions that the speaker makes about the listener’s knowledge of the individual the noun refers to as well as about the specificity the speaker intends. Determiners include articles, demonstratives, pronominal possessors, and words denoting quantities. Most of these precede the noun in Irish and are unstressed, but a few determiner-like elements that follow the noun will also be discussed in this chapter.