On 22/06/2015 10:32 AM, Liz Gabay wrote:
>> "Is o Dia ata in morfhissa tucad deitt."
> morfhissa - compound of 'mor' plus nom plural of 'fis..knowledge, information.' The DIL
> entry says "nominative, accusative plural fess...Middle Irish fessa". eDIL has another
> example 'morfhiss' at D 410, the 5th line under 'druídecht'.
It is true that 'fessa' can be nom. pl., but that can't be what we have
here. The article 'in' is singular.
So, perhaps this isn't a compound? Perhaps 'mór' is being used in a
substantivised sense (great thing) with attributive genitive fissa (of
knowledge) = 'great amount of knowledge'. But that would not explain the
lenition of the 'f'.
Egerton 1782 suggests a solution. It has 'in fioss mor sa' = "this great
knowledge". So I think what we have here is 'in morfhis sa', with our
compound nicely in the nom. sg.