> Cách a bfuil acat i tig
> etir ith is blicht is mil,
> nocha berair lat ar sét
> in tan racha d'éc, a fhir.
>The negative "nocha(n)", from OI "nicon", looks like EMI,
>but could date to MI.
DIL N 46 3-9 suggests that the form 'nocha' was standard by the 'later
Middle Irish' period (which would be from about AD 1050, or at the
latest 1100, onwards.)
>The verb looks like the modern 2nd sg. present tense (or
>subjunctive) "beirir", or possibly the future "béarfair".
Isn't it just the 3rd sg. passive indicative present? Cf DIL B 56.55.
>2. in tan racha
> So this might be as early as MI or as late as EMI?
Yes, I think your right; like 'nocha', it is not a form which really
going to help in the dating (except to rule out OLD Irish).
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