>There is one not-so-subtle difference that surprised me when I first
encountered it, coming from the modern language to OI as I did. It\'s
this, using Scottish Gaelic for comparison:
Subst. Verb Copula
Tha mi sgìth. =3D Am scith.
--- yes, i\'ve come across this recently, and was quite surprised.
looking at your further examples, i have the impression that modern
irish does keep the structure a bit closer to old irish, whereas
scottish gaelic has even invented some new strange things like:
\'s ann sgìth a tha mi - well, not such a good example, but still...
i\'m not sure if this construction exists in modern irish?