Sengoidelc: Old Irish for Beginners

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Syracuse University Press, 2006 - Foreign Language Study - 391 pages
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David Stifter's Sengoidelc (SHAN-goy-thelg) provides a comprehensive introduction to Old Irish grammar and metrics. As an introductory text to the Irish language spoken around the eighteenth century C.E., this essential volume, covering all aspects of the grammar in a clear and intuitive format, is ideally suited for use as a course book or as a guide for the independent learner. This handbook also will be an essential reference work for students of Indo-European philology and historical linguistics.
Stifter leads 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. Sengoidelc opens the door to the world of Old Irish literature, famous not only for the Tain Bo Cuailnge (The Cattle Raid of Cuailnge) and its lyrical nature poetry but also as a major source for the political and legal history of Ireland.
Stifter's book is an ideal tool for both the self-taught individual and the classroom environment. It will be of interest to beginning students of Old and Middle Irish, to scholars of Irish history, Celtic culture, and comparative linguistics, and to readers of Irish literature.
  

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Contents

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9
3 3 Pronunciation rules 19 3 4 Sample texts with phonological analysis
25
Lesson 5
38
7 3 The neuter article 51 7 4 The ostem adjectives 53 7 5 Exercise
53
Lesson 14
74
54
87
Lesson 21
100
Lesson 24
116
Lesson 43
209
Lesson 46
225
preterite passive stem 235 47 4 The preterite passive inflection 237 47 5 The past passive participle
238
position of the augment
254
Lesson 53
265
53 5 Exercise 274 53 6 The past subjunctive 274 53 7 Exercise 276 53 8 The sub
277
future formations
290
56 4 Suffixed pronouns 295 56 5 A consecutio temporum in Old Irish
296

Lesson 26
129
Lesson 29
143
passive forms 154 31 8 The 1st and 2nd person passive forms 156 31 9 Exercise
157
Lesson 32
158
Lesson 35
172
Lesson 38
186
Lesson 41
199
poem
307
B Selected bibliography
315
Solutions
324
E Wordlist
363
F Tables
377
Index
387
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About the author (2006)

David Stifter is a lecturer at the Institut fur Sprachwissenschaft at the University of Vienna and chair of Brennos, the Austrian Society for Celtic studies. He has been teaching Old Irish for almost ten years.

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