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Subject: Baile Bricín §37.1-4
From: David Stifter <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scholars and students of Old Irish <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 11 Feb 2005 09:08:17 +0100
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Matthew wrote:

> I thought 'fofaicfe' was the 3rd singular future of 'fo-ácaib' with a
> weird reduplication of the 'fo'--a Middle Irishism, perhaps?

It is not a reduplication, but yes, there is a strong tendency 
throughout the Irish language history that "wrong f's" start to crop 
up at the beginning of words with vocalic initial. This is due to the 
fact that after a leniting particle a word starting with a vowel 
could always be reinterpreted as having a lenited "f". So, when you 
used the word outside of leniting contexts, you could stick an extra 
cool-looking "f" onto it.

David

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