>> The Neo-Brittonic examples could also represent singular oblique forms, no?
> Theoretically yes, but do you know other u-stem nouns that continue
> the oblique?
I guess I'll have to look around for one. :)
I was thinking maybe we had here a petrified ablative expression -
"from the dead", or something like that.
> An argument in favour of the plural explanation is that
> a Bretonist once told me that in Breton folklore the "ankou" were
> pictured as a wagon-full (?) of souls of the dead, i.e. a plurality.
Interesting, though I wonder if this notion might only have arisen
after the loss of final syllables, when the singular oblique and
plural forms would have become indistinguishable?
- Chris Gwinn