Emily Weant wrote:
>Thank you. I have been thinking that if I can manage Old Irish,
>modern Irish will be a breeze.
Don't bet on it...a lot can happen in a few centuries! ;-)
>I'm more than a bit intimidated though. As a Latin student, I
>don't expect Irish to have the same logical grammatical
>structures and complete cases--so I expect I am in for a bit of
Does this mean you expect Old Irish to be illogical and
incomplete? (snicker, snicker...)
Actually, I think you'll probably find a lot of similarity with
Latin, (although certainly not in declension) since both are
descended from common Indo-European stock, with the same type of
mind-set as to what constitutes a verb and the type of mutations
it undergoes in different circumstances, quite a bit of basic
vocabulary (although it might not always be immediately
apparent), and other things like gender (I'll take two, thank
you!) and person and number.
Best of luck in your endeavour...