Scríobh David Stifter:
> On Do, 13.08.2009, 14:09, Marion Gunn wrote:
>> Danke, David. That is the stock answer: that nobody knows the
>> genesis of the name "Naoise"
> I have no access to relevant books at the moment. Isn't there anything on
> "Noisiu" in Donnchadh O'Corran's book on Irish names?
Of course there is (if you mean the Ó Corráin-Maguire book), but that
only tells us who Naoise was, with no analysis of his name.
> Or in some other
>> and that nobody is researching it.
> That's a general difficulty with names. As long as there is no obvious
> etymology to names, and as long as there are no clear cognates elsewhere,
> there is a certain amount of arbitrariness in talking about the genesis of
I agree. Wish we had more questioning of them, less acceptance.
>> How many of the most ancient Irish names which produce [ŋ] and [i:]
>> followed by any form of "s" can you think of?
> The first special character you use cannot be rendered correctly by my
> mailing programme.
Really? What system are you using?
> Do you really mean what can be written more primitively
> as "ng"?
More primitively as "---///---".
> If you do so, this sound belongs strictly to a modern variant of
> (one of) those names. Both names have a simple [n] in their Old Irish
> variants and - by implication - also in their etymological precursors.
Since Ogam has a letter for the sound, I'd rather believe it was in use
in such names then.