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Subject: Colum Cille & the youth (7)
From: David Stifter <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scholars and students of Old Irish <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 17 Nov 2007 21:07:28 +0100
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Liz wrote:

> >Ro gabus fo thríb seólaib: seól mbuide beres, seól nglas bádas, seól
> >nderg foa combretha feóili.
> 
> 'mbuide' is an adjective meaning 'yellow' but I don't understand why
> it is nasalized.   I would expect an adjective to be nasalized after
> an accusative singular noun, and 'seól' (an o stem masculine)  is both
> a nominative singular and accusative singular form.  But I don't
> understand why it would be in the accusative case here.

If the nasalisation is to be trusted here, it would indicate that 
"séol" was neuter originally.

David

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