On Mo, 16.03.2009, 07:29, Aled Llion wrote:
> Essentially, he argues that what he calls the 'irrelevant 'do'' (or
> something similar) in sentences of the kind:
> 1. Did I see you?
"Irrelevant 'do'" is a bit of a misnomer. It is more appropriately called
"periphrastic "do"" or "do-periphrasis".
> are the same as, and probably due to, the structure which is present in
> Welsh, where the same sentence could be rendered:
> 2. Wnes i dy weld di?
> with the preterite of 'gwneud' (vn: 'doing') as an auxilliary.
I have been wondering whether this is really a good case of Celtic
influence. While such constructions do indeed occur in Welsh, earlier than
in English, they are only optional (as I understand it), whereas in
English they have become compulsory.
BTW, there is a much more detailed treatment of (possible) Celtic
influence on English in:
M. Filppula, J. Klemola, H. Paulasto, English and Celtic in Contact,