On Sun, 9 May 2004 18:39:38 -0700, Dennis King scríbas:
>a) "Roua a tirib cainib," ol Neri, "co setuib ocus
> muinib moruib, co nn-imboth bruitt ocus biid
> ocus set n-ingnad."
>a1) "Ronba ...
"Ro·bá i tírib caínib," ol Nerae, "co sétaib ocus maínib móraib, co n-
imbed bruit ocus biid ocus sét n-ingnad."
"I have been in beautiful lands," said Nera, " with treasures and great
wealth, with an abundance of clothing and food and wonderful jewels."
I thought the verb 'Roua/Ronba' was the first singular perfect of the
substantive verb. I have no idea where the 'n' came from in source (a1).
I thought that 'a' might really be the preposition 'i' because we've seen
this substitution earlier in the manuscript and the preposition 'i' made a
lot more sense to me here in context.
In DIL 35. 18-21, there are a few examples where 'sét' and 'maín' go
together in phrases. 'Sét' is apparently the ancestor of Modern
Irish 'seoid' (jewel) and 'maín' is apparently the ancestor of 'maoin'
(wealth, worldly goods). According to DIL, 'Maín' could be variously
spelled 'moín/muín/maen;' I picked the dictionary headword at random, but
I suppose we could stick closer to the source and use 'muín.'
DIL 165.7 mentions "imbet bruit ocus bidh, food and clothing,"
apparently another common phrase. I used the genitive singular forms
here. I found the genitive singular of 'biad' as 'biid' in DIL 93.4. The
genitive singular of 'bratt' (cloak, mantle, clothing) is given as 'broit'
by Thurneysen on p. 178 but I copied the 'bruit' form I found in DIL
because the spelling is closer to the manuscript form.
In 'Sét n-ingnad' I think 'sét' is in the genitive plural.
I noticed in the dative plural forms, that the words ending in a
consonant preceded by an 'i' (tír/caín) added -ib to form the dative
plural, rather than -aib or -uib in the manuscripts. Is this because
the 'i' indicates a slender consonant and has to be placed before and
after the consonant for consistency? Like in the Modern Irish 'caol le
caol' rule? The same didn't hold for the 'e' in 'setuib' above.