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Subject: Re: homoioteleuton
From: Patrick Brown <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scholars and students of Old Irish <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 6 Nov 2003 07:50:31 +0000

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Dennis King wrote:
> Patrick scríbas:
>> Dobeir in mbloig conid n-ecmaing ina mullach.
> I just went back to this text to see which kind of sling
> Furbaide used, a "tailm" (the cord and pocket sling) or
> a "táball", the one which I just discussed in the message
> "atlatl?".
> What I see is that Patrick was guilty of one of the very
> most common copying faults of medieval scribes, which goes
> by the glorious technical name of "homoioteleuton".

The perils of copying texts first thing in the morning. I wonder how
many scribal errors were down to the monks being just out of bed?

I did wonder why there was no mention of Furbaide's sling, but obviously
not enough to actually look for it.


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