I knew about the V-S-O order but forgot; I get caught up in trying to figure
out what the words mean.
Did you have a trick to get from "Fácaid" to "fo•ácaib," or is that just
from experience in recognizing the verbs?
From: Old-Irish-L [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Liz
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 2:14 AM
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Subject: Re: [OLD-IRISH-L] Aided Cheit maic Mágach - 8f
'dún in tech!' ar Conall fri Bélcoin.
Steven Sams scríbas:
>Dún = fort, or "to us"
>In = the
>Tech = house (this sounds a lot like modern Irish, eh?)
>Ar = said
>Fri = against/along/besides/towards
>Literally... something like, "The house to us!" said Conall to Bélcoin.
Thanks, Steven. You made a good start.
It's useful to remember that the first word in an Irish sentence is very
to be a verb. 'dún' looks like 2d singular imperative of 'dúnaid' (shuts,
closes). It's the same word in Modern Irish.
'fri' is the preposition used when speaking to someone.
I would say 'Shut the house,' said Conall to Bélchú.
I used the nominative form 'Bélchú' in the translation rather than the
accusative Bélcoin. Liz