On Mo, 23.02.2009, 15:03, Seán MacKenna wrote:
> However, there has been some discussion on the list of the behavior of
> nouns that once were neuter.
> i seem to remember once being told that 'Talamh' was such a noun, and that
> explained why it had two genitive singular forms, masc. talaimh and fem.
> Does anyone know if this is likely.
No, the explanation for the two genitives of "talamh" is simpler: "talu:n"
directly continues the Old Irish form "talamon", whereas "talaimh" has a
new, analogical genitive, following the productive pattern of the o-stems.