Does anyone have an email (or other) address for Chris McCall?
He did a PhD in Old Irish at the early 1980s. I'm not sure if he's still
involved in Celtic Studies however.
At 10:50 20/06/00 -0700, you wrote:
>In regard to deriving OI "domun" (< CC *dubnos) from
>the IE root meaning "deep", David has noted that
>"Carl Darling Buck, A Dictionary of Selected Synonyms
>in the Principal Indo-European Languages, Chicago 1949,
>p. 14 explains the development starting from "bottom,
>foundation" to "earth"; as a parallel he cites Rumanian
>pamînt "earth" from Latin pavimentum "floor, pavement".
>I am reminded also of the charming scéilín "A Ship Seen
>in the Air" from the Edinburgh MS XXVI, in which the
>community of Clúain (Clonmacnoise), while gathered for
>a convocation, look up and see "an long fa seól úaistibh
>isinn aer, ocus sí ag siubhal amal beth forsan fairgi"
>(a ship sailing above them in the air, moving as if it
>were upon the sea). This late medieval fantasy seems
>to beautifully embody the perspective in which our world
>is seen as at the bottom, at the lowest depth, of the
>sky-ocean. I suppose the same outlook much earlier on
>could have conditioned the development "the deep" >
>Incidentally, I once asked here if anyone could remember
>a recent English poem that retells the whole anecdote.
>I thought it was something by Heaney, but I have failed
>to locate it in his published anthologies. So, once
>again, if anyone knows...
Professor Neil McLeod
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