On Sat, 8 May 2004 10:43:22 -0700, Dennis King scríbas:
>a) "Canas tuthcho?" or Ailill 7 Medb frie Neru, "ocus
> cait hi rabaduis o duchuduis uainn?"
>a1) ... tudhchais? ... araba oduchad(ais)uaindi?
"Can as tuidched?" ol Ailill ocus Medb fri Nerae, "ocus cáit hi raba ó
"Where have you come from?" said Ailill and Medb to Nera, " and where
have you been since you went away from us?"
DIL C 65.24 says that 'can' (whence) is "frequent with
"Cáit" is given in DIL C 53.5 as a combination of 'cia' (where?)
and 'áitt' (place). It is often followed by the preposition 'i' plus the
substantive verb, according to the dictionary entry.
The big problems for me in this sentence were the verbs. "Canas
tuthcho" is quoted in DIL D 379.50, where it is identified as a 2d
singular perfect form of 'do·tét'. I made a guess that the prototonic
form of the verbs would be needed in all three places in this sentence,
since all three verbs were immediately preceded by prepositions. And the
verbs in our texts resemble the prototonic forms. The endings with 'is'
in 'rabaduis/duchuduis/tudhchais/duchad(ais)' look like Modern Irish 2d
singular past endings. For example, Dinneen gives 'rabhais' as the
dependent 2d singular preterite ending of the substantive and
'do-chualais' as the 2d singular preterite of do-chluinim (I hear). I
found '-tuidched' on p. 95 of Strachan's paradigms as the 2d singular
perfect prototonic form of 'do·tét' and 'dechud' as the 2d singular
perfect prototonic form of 'téit'. But I could be wrong about the verb
forms here. I also didn't know whether or not to write the raised dot
after the prepositions that preceded the verbs.
There are various spellings of 'uainn' given in the dictionary. I stuck
with the one in the manuscript, which is also the Modern Irish form.
My guess is we'll finish this around October 1st. Anybody want to start
a betting pool?