> >"Ulaid do goin" - slightly odd syntax.
> Messe (i.e. Liz): Looks like normal Modern Irish
syntax to me,
> if we equate Modern 'a'
> to Old Irish 'do' but I don't know how common this
> type of phrase was in Old
This type of phrase was rather common in Old Irish,
occurring as far back as some of the Law Texts. It
seems to become rapidly more common during the Middle
Irish period (sometime after 11th century), almost
completely displacing the other way of saying a
non-finite verb with its object, namely:
accusative of verbal noun + genitive of object.
The rise of the so called 'displaced' construction
(with the object in the accusative before the
do+verbal noun combination) may have increased in
usage to compensate for the diminishing in use of the
subjunctive. This is cross-linguistically something
that seems somewhat common - as an example, the
increase in usage of the 'to + infinitive"
construction in English (during the early Middle
English period) coincided with the loss of much of the
usages of the subjunctive.
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