I agree with the attached statement (from a co-owner of OLD-IRISH-L).
I also wish point to the sad fact that the volume of off-topic, all-English
self-indulgent, uneducated outpourings on OIL has reached a level at which
speakers of modern Gaelic languages are finding OIL less useful for their
purpose (= to consider the most ancient roots of their own local language
and literature) than a list of this name ought to be.
I would also add that, as well as much unwanted rubbish, some quite
interesting messages have been posted on OIL which, although irrelevant to
its business, would probably find a ready audience on
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such topics as I have in mind, and which are outlined in its charter).
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Ádh mór oraibh,
Ar 10:09 am -0700 1999-05-02, scríobh Dennis King:
>The following is the first sentence from the purpose statement of
>"Old-Irish-L is a forum for discussion of the language and literature
>of early Ireland. The main emphasis of the list is on Old and Middle
>Irish, but Primitive (Ogham) Irish and Continental Celtic (Gaulish,
>Celtiberian, etc.) as well as modern Celtic languages are also
>discussed when this material is relevant to Old Irish."
>The last phrase is perhaps the most important. If the discussion
>of Iranian culture or archaic Greek letters is somehow directly
>relevant to Old Irish language or literature, then it's in.
>Otherwise, it's too tangential for this list. We haven't always
>adhered 100% to this guideline, but mostly we manage. I'd like
>to invite anyone new to the list who would like to get a better
>idea of our "list culture" to review the archives at
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