At 08:09 19/05/2004, David wrote:
The same in the preterite:
>5. The lenited "b", when still present, coloured the following vowel so
>that it became "ú". The palatalised "rt" is due to
>various analogical restructurings --> 't·(b)úirt --> /du:r't'/ = dúirt
I don't think the preterite would have survived long enough to be envolved
in such a development, and I doubt the "colouring power" of -bh- to change
stressed -e- to -ú- (a long one at that!). So seeing as the preterite was
being gradually replaced by the old perfect forms by Middle Irish, I would
prefer the following sequence:
1. OIr. as·rubairt "has said"
2. OIr. at·rubairt "has said it"
3. MidIr. at·rubairt "(has) said"
4. with -ub(h)a- > -ú-, (a)trúirt
5. This should result in ModIr. *drúirt, but somewhere along the way
dissimilation occurred to remove the first -r-, therefore in the end dúirt.
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