Could well be; it was at a talk he gave a few months ago that I heard him
put his case; thanks for that reference!Aled
2009/8/10 Peter Weeda <[log in to unmask]>
> Hi David,
> I think the reference is:
> Paul Russell, ‘“What was Best of Every Language”, NHI, ed. D. Ó Cróinín,
> 405-50, on pages 413-5.
> On 11/08/2009, at 5:01 AM, David Stifter wrote:
> On Mo, 10.08.2009, 01:56, Aled Llion wrote:
>> I must have got the
>>> wrong end of the stick with Old Irish, though - I was sure that Paul
>>> argued recently (?published) that accurate dating on linguistic grounds
>>> fairly difficult if not impossible, given the frequency of presence in
>>> texts of "OI" forms and vice versa (archaisms; dialects, 'berla na filed'
>>> / 'gnathberla' etc.).
>> I would be interested if you could remember a reference to that (if it has
>> published). A priori, I don't fully share Russell's scepticism. Of course,
>> most Irish texts are a wild mix of Old and Middle Irish forms, but in many
>> cases - I think - we can get a grip on what is old and what is old-looking
>> and things like that. I'd say, it has something to do with what you in a
>> previous post called "critical mass" of old forms. In any case, there is
>> no general way applicable to all texts, but every text has to be
>> approached separately.
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