The shift to a verb-initial structure was probably taking place about then, since there is some evidence of verb-final order in the Laws, but even this little has lots of guesswork about it.
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From: Old-Irish-L [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of David Stifter
Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2009 14:49 PM
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Subject: Re: [OLD-IRISH-L] The Monks in Primitive Irish?
On Mi, 2.09.2009, 16:27, Dennis King wrote:
> Would a reconstructed translation of the Three Monks anecdote into
> Primitive Irish (written out in ogam, naturally!) be feasible? An
> interesting challenge?
With most words and forms, it shouldn't be difficult to project them back
to PrimIr. But therein lies the problem: this wouldn't be more than OIr.
in a PrimIr. guise. Since we have nothing else than the syntactically poor
Ogam inscriptions, it is hard to say what PrimIr. looked like in the
syntactic domain, how much it differed from OldIr.