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Subject: Re: The Monks in Primitive Irish - Sentence 5
From: Dennis King <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scholars and students of Old Irish <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 15 Sep 2009 09:40:20 -0700
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David Stifter wrote:

>>> 5.  Amein co cenn blíadnae.
>>
>> I just read what Vendryes wrote about "amein" in LEIA, where he ties
>> it into the family of words that includes "ám" (truly, indeed), or
>> (alternatively?) the family of "(s)amail" (like).  I look forward to
>> hearing the latest.
>
> I don't know about the latest, but I am not disinclined to believe
> that "amein" is a loan from Christian "amen". The irregular accent on
> the second syllable is a hint that there is something fishy about
> this word.

We're not obliged to do a word for word replacement in taking the text  
back to Primitive Irish.  There was certainly more than one way to  
tell the story in OI.  How about starting with this:

Ba samlaid co cenn blíadnae.

?

Dennis

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