Sengoidelc Old Irish for Beginners

ISBN-10: 0815630727
ISBN-13: 9780815630722
Edition: 2006
Authors: David Stifter
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Description: David Stifter's Sengoidelc (SHAN-goy-delth) provides a comprehensive introduction to Old Irish grammar and metrics. Ideally suited for use as a course text and as a guide for the independent learner, this exhaustive handbook is also an invaluable  More...

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List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 391
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.80" long x 0.90" tall
Weight: 2.156
Language: English

David Stifter's Sengoidelc (SHAN-goy-delth) provides a comprehensive introduction to Old Irish grammar and metrics. Ideally suited for use as a course text and as a guide for the independent learner, this exhaustive handbook is also an invaluable reference work for students of Indo-European philology and historical linguistics. The author's step-by-step presentation in an engaging styles lead the novice through the idiosyncracies of the language, such as initial mutations and the double inflection of verbs. Filled with translation exercises based on selections from Old Irish texts, the book provides a practical introduction to the language and its rich history. Sengoidle opens the door to the fascinating world of Old Irish literature, famous not only for such gems as the Tain Bo Cuailgne (The Cattle Raid of Cuailgne) or lyrical nature poetry but also as a major source for the political and legal history of Ireland.

Introduction/Remrad
The Celtic languages in the context of the Indo-European language family
The classification of the Celtic languages
The Continental Celtic languages and their attestation
The Insular Celtic languages and their attestation
What is Old Irish?
The writing of Old Irish
Ogam
Clo Gaelach
The Roman alphabet
The phonological system of Old Irish in comparison
The phonological system of Old Irish
Pronunciation rules
Sample texts with phonological analysis
Exercise
Exercise
The initial mutations
The mutations of Old Irish
Lenition
Leniting forms
Nasalization
Nasalizing forms
Aspiration
Exercise
The grammatical categories of Old Irish
Nouns and adjectives: gender
Nouns and adjectives: number
Nouns and adjectives: case
Adjectives
The article
Word order
Nouns: declensional classes
Adjectives: declensional classes
Declension: general remarks
Nouns: masculine o-stems
Variants of the o-stem declension
Nouns: neuter o-stems
Exercise
Long vowels, words of more than one syllable and further subtleties
The basic pattern of the masculine article
Variants in the basic pattern of the masculine article
The neuter article
The o-stem adjectives
Exercise
The Old Irish verb
Conjugation: general remarks
The verbal inflection
Verbs of the W1-class (a-verbs)
Exercise
Varia
Exercise
Nouns: feminine a-stems
Variants of the a-stem declension
ben 'woman'
The basic feminine article
Variants of the feminine article
The article after prepositions
The a-stem adjectives
Exercise
Verbs of the W2a and W2b-class (i-verbs)
Exercise
The prehistory of the W1 and W2 ending sets
Possessive pronouns
A poem
Varia
Exercise
Test
Nouns: masculine io-stems
Nouns: neuter io-stems
Adjectives: io-stems
Exercise
Verbs: general remarks on compound verbs
Verbs: deuterotonic and prototonic verbal forms
Exercise
Adverbial compounds
Varia
Exercise
Nouns: feminine ia-stems
Adjectives: ia-stems
Nouns: feminine i-stems
Exercise
The conjugated prepositions: general remarks
The conjugated prepositions 1
Verbs of the S1-class
Compound S1 verbs
Exercise
From a poem
Varia
Exercise
From the Tain Bo Cuailnge
Nouns: masculine and feminine i-stems
Nouns: neuter i-stems
The i-stem adjectives
Exercise
The conjugated prepositions 2
Secondary or nominal prepositions
Demonstrative particles
Verbs of the S2-class
Verbs of the S3-class
The prehistory of the S1, S2 and S3 ending sets
Exercise
From the Old Irish Triads
From the Old Irish glosses
Varia
Exercise
Test
Test
From a poem
Nouns: masculine u-stems
Nouns: neuter u-stems
Adjectives: u-stems
Determining the stem class of adjectives
Exercise
The cardinal numbers 1-19
The ordinal numbers 1-19
The copula
Infixed pronouns class A
Exercise
Conjugated prepositions 3
Emphasizing particles
Test
Varia
Exercise
From the Old Irish Triads
Hiatus verbs
Verbs of the H1-class
Verbs of the H2-class
Verbs of the H3-class
Exercise
The prehistory of the hiatus verbs
The complete dependent forms at a glance
The substantive verb
The verbal noun
Infixed pronouns class B
Exercise
The conjugated prepositions 4
Test
Varia
Exercise
Nouns: the consonant stems
Guttural stems: consonantal declension in g
Guttural stems: consonantal declension in k
Exercise
The conjugated prepositions 5
Deponent verbs
W2 deponent verbs
W1 deponent verbs
S2 deponent verbs
S3 deponent verbs
Exercise
The 3rd person passive forms
The 1st and 2nd person passive forms
Exercise
Varia
Exercise
Dental stems: consonantal declension in t
Dental stems: consonantal declension in nt
Exercise
The cardinal numbers 20-1000
The ordinal numbers 20-1000
Relative clauses
Absolute relative verbal endings
Leniting relative clauses
Negative leniting relative clauses
Special relative forms
The prehistory of the relative endings
Independent personal pronouns
Varia
Exercise
A poem: The dead princes in the mill
A poem: A kiss
Nouns: consonantal declension in r
Nouns: consonantal declension in s
Exercise
The habitual present of the substantive verb
Relative forms of the substantive verb and the copula
The imperative
The deponent and passive imperative forms
Exercise
Infixed pronouns in imperatives
Infixed pronouns class C
Infixed pronouns after negative na, nad
Exercise
The deictic particle i
Indefinite pronouns
The anaphoric pronoun suide
Interrogative pronouns
Varia
Exercise
Test
Test
Nasal stems: neuter n-stems
Exercise
Comparison of adjectives
Comparison: the equative
The preterite
The s-preterite
Special formations of the s-preterite
The t-preterite
The prehistory of the s- and t-preterites
Exercise
An indecent poem
Varia
Exercise
Nasal stems: masculine and feminine n-stems
Exercise
Comparison: the superlative
The suffixless preterite
The reduplicated preterite
Reduplication with vowels other than e
Long vowel preterites
The a-preterite
The preterite of the copula and the substantive verb
Irregular preterite formations
Exercise
The prehistory of the suffixless preterite
From Uraicecht na Riar
From the Old Irish Triads
Test
Test
Varia
Exercise
Irregular nouns
Indeclinable words
Consonantal stem adjectives
Comparison: the comparative
Special formations of the comparative
Exercise
Additional degrees of comparison
Personal numerals and other numeral substantives
Possession in Irish
The preterite passive stem
The preterite passive inflection
The past passive participle (P.P.P.)
Exercise
Exercise
Exercise
Varia
Exercise
The imperfect
Exercise
Nasalizing relative clauses
The marking of nasalization in nasalizing relative clauses
The figura etymologica
Conjunctions and dependent clauses
The augment (the particle ro, etc.)
The choice of the correct augment
The position of the augment
From the Tain Bo Cuailnge
Varia
Exercise
Test
Prepositional relative constructions
Word order
The subjunctive
The a-subjunctive
The e-subjunctive
The s-subjunctive
Exercise
The past subjunctive
Exercise
The subjunctive of the copula
The prehistory of the subjunctive
A poem
Varia
Exercise
Test
The future tense
The f-future
The s-future
The i-future
The a-future
Suppletive futures
Exercise
The prehistory of the future formations
The conditional
Exercise
The future of the substantive verb and the copula
Suffixed pronouns
A 'consecutio temporum' in Old Irish
A legal episode
Varia
Exercise
Test
Test
Old Irish metrics
The features of classical Irish poetry
An exemplary poem
Appendixes
Abbreviations
Selected bibliography
Further reading
Solutions
Wordlist
Tables
Index

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