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Subject: Re: Irish Possessive Adjectives
From: Dennis King <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scholars and students of Old Irish <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 5 Oct 2003 17:14:23 -0700
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Tom scrbas:

> It's a remnant of the genitive endings that occurred on each
> pronoun: others will be able to tell you more precisely

The ancestral possessive pronouns are reconstructed as follows,
according to McCone (Stair na Gaeilge, lch. 188):

> The vowel ending lenited following consonants;

*esyo  (cf. Skt. asya)

> the s ending didn't but did become an h when the following
> word began with a vowel (lenited by its own preceding vowel);

*esys  (cf. Skt. asys)

> and the nasal ending remained as n when vowels followed but
> merged with following consonants, producing what is known in
> historical studies of Irish as "nazalization" and in the
> synchronic tradition as "eclipsis".

*eysm  (cf. Skt. eSm (m.n.), sm (f.))

Dennis

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