On So, 1.02.2009, 00:29, Neil McLeod wrote:
>> O Maille (Language of the Annals of Ulster)
>> dates the change mr > br some time between 729 and 834, i.e. very
>> roughly in the second half of the 8th century.
> Excellent. I was looking for something that had dated it. Do you have
> the bibliographical reference for this?
Toma/s O/ Ma/ille, The Language of the Annals of Ulster, Manchester
University Press 1910.
I think it has never been reprinted. I was lucky to find a copy a few
years ago. Naturally, the book is in dire need of revision. O Maille took
the dates of attestation of the sound changes at face value, but today it
is clear that orthography, being conservative by its nature, alsways lags
behind the developments in the spoken language. O Maile wasn't aware of