Thanks again Dennis!!
Carney in his article showed how the other 2 types of metrical verse
that he looked at seemed to be stress based versions of the syllabic
_deibide_ and the _rainnaigecht (ochtfhoclach)_.
I still think that with a bit of digging we may be able to go back the
other way. It will be a big undertaking, but it sounds like fun!
On 12/22/06, Dennis King <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Candon wrote:
> > DIL says to look at Murphy's _Metrics_ 3, 12. I'm not
> > sure if those would be page numbers or chapter numbers
> Page numbers. The more specific comments are those on page 12:
> "That rimed stanzaic syllabic verse grew up in Ireland about the
> seventh century as a borrowing from late Latin models is borne
> out, as Thurneysen has shown (MV, p. 168), by the fact that Irish
> law [cf. the tract on the Privileges of Poets, Ériu, xiii (1940),
> 25.], which assigns fixed prices to the apparently non-syllabic
> 'laíd, emain, anair, nath' and 'anamain', assigns a fixed price
> to only one type of syllabic verse 'dían' (with the closely
> related 'sétnad')."
> And on page 3:
> Thurneysen points out (MV, 167) that, by the eleventh century,
> Irish metrists had lost the tradition of the true of certain
> names such as 'laíd, emain, anair, nath,' and 'anamain', all that
> is certain being that they did not originally apply to 'bairdne'...."