On Sun, 6 Jan 2008 14:01:20 +0100, David Stifter
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>>> 'do chuinghi[d] gona duine'
>The pl. of "duine" is "doíni", so "duine" is the gen. sg. (OIr. "duini").
Thanks, David. For my penance, I looked up the forms of ‘duine’ and found
that the word is listed as an io-stem masculine in the singular but is irregular
in the plural.
Thurneysen says on p.180 under io-stems “irregularities” –
“du(i)ne masc. ‘person’ forms its plural from a different stem with i-inflexion:
nom. voc. acc. doíni, gen. doíne, dat. doínib.”
Does this mean that there were originally two different words with similar
meaning (one i-stem word and one io-stem word) that merged together? Liz