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 Post subject: Is agus Tá
PostPosted: Mon 19 Sep 2011 2:31 pm 
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I just came across this interesting article put up by David Webb:

Is agus Tá


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yobar wrote:
I just came across this interesting article put up by David Webb:

Is agus Tá



Interesting explanation!

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PostPosted: Mon 09 Jan 2012 4:30 am 
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The oldest Irish MS. observes the distinction exactly as it is now observed by the most ignorant Irish peasant.


Well, as far as I know, it's wrong. We now know that in Old Irish, in some cases you could use "atá" when it would be wrong nowadays, and you could use "is" when it would be wrong or strange nowadays. Maybe the author of that article thought about Classical Irish... anyway at that time, scholars didn't know Old Irish as we know it now.
You one need to open Thurneysen's grammar of Old Irish, to see examples with "atá" and "is" used in a way that would be wrong in Modern Irish...

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