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Subject: Re: A poem
From: Elliott Lash <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scholars and students of Old Irish <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 24 Nov 2006 19:28:05 -0800

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--- Dennis King <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Elliott Lash wrote:
> > Another strange copular usage is found in Eriu 25
> > (1974), Varia 1, by Eric Hamp:
> >
> > This is Serglige Con Culainn: 19
> >    Nitan-bi nach n-uall
> >    'We will have any apple' (I think....)
> > Before I stop going on about it,  I feel as
> thought I
> > ought to clarify this. This is obviously, the
> > SUBSTANTIVE verb -bi in the present
> (consuetudinal).
> > But, Hamp argues that the form of the infixed
> pronoun
> > is unexpected, and it is. One expects class A
> after
> > ni, not class B. Hence, he argues that this is a
> > 're-analysis' of an archaic construction
> >  *Nitan nach n-uall'  with just conjunct 1plural
> of
> > the copula showing possession. Since this became
> > rather opaque, he argues, the scribe added 'bi'.
> What do you think then of the second line in this
> stanza (#25) from my current poem-of-interest?
> Am cumthach dia éis.
> Nidam tualgne duis.
> Am aneoil dia eis.
> Is todiúir mo gnúis.

I am mournful about it
I do not have capability of a tree
I am unknowledgeable about it
My face is _________

Some what okay?

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