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Subject: Re: Final Prophesy line 2
From: Liz Gabay <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scholars and students of Old Irish <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 10 Sep 2008 23:40:25 +0100

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Neil McLeod wrote:

>> "2. nombeo baid

>>I shall be powerless"  would require the copula, not the substantive
>> verb, wouldn't it?

David Stifter wrote:

>Yes, this is the essential difficulty with this line, and it will remain
>with basically all interpretations: VERB OF BEING + PREDICATE will in OIr.
>always require the verb of being to be expressed by the copula. But we
>might try to solve the Gordian knot by cutting it in two with the sword:
>we could simply claim that we have a case of "substantive verb for copula"
>here. GOI 4775-476 discusses a few such cases, but I don't think our
>example fits in any of the categories.

   I am trying to understand the reason why the substantive is not appropriate 
in this sentence.   Is it because the verb is immediately followed by the 
predicate (the adjective baid) ?  I read Thurneysen's p. 475 but I'm not sure I  
get what he means.    Thanks, Liz 


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