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Subject: Re: De Bunad Imthechta Eóganachta 22
From: Dennis King <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scholars and students of Old Irish <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 10 Feb 2011 09:07:13 -0800

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Neil McLeod wrote:

>> Tosfuirine an una for firu Erind conach fagdais ni nochaithfidis.
> Lec's to-s-fuirme has a fem. (or 3 pl). infixed pronoun. It take it  
> that the pronoun is reflexive, referring to fem. 'una' (the famine):
> "Then the famine settles itself upon the men of Ireland ..."

Note that in Middle Irish -s- had "become an general-purpose infix for  
all 3rd persons" (quoting Kenneth Jackson).   As MI progressed, this  
infix was increasingly without grammatical function, a meaningless  
appendix.  Another indication, along with the later form of the  
article that you pointed out, of a later date of composition?


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