An oiread san

This is a brief addendum to my file on chapter 2 of Séadna, which contains some examples of oiread, which I forgot to note:

oiread: “amount”, pronounced /irʹəd/. An oiread san, “as much”; an oiread airgid agus a …, “as much money as …” Oiread is a masculine noun. The usage an oiread san was explained by Gearóid Ó Nualláin in the first part of his Studies in Modern Irish pp214-215 as being an old accusative of time, now applied to other uses as well. I am wondering if this explains the lack of t-prefixation, but my knowledge of t-prefixation and its connection to the accusative is pretty much absent…

Ó Nualláin’s extremely thorough works on Irish grammar are really the only truly in-depth account of traditional Irish grammar. His explanation of the accusative is on pages 213-215 of that work, and can be viewed online at .


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2 Responses to An oiread san

  1. Gearóid Ó Laoi says:

    I read an explanation of it a long time ago and I can’t remember what it was, but it is never prefixed.

  2. admin says:

    Hi, a Ghearóid! Numerous people have told me it is because oiread was neuter in old Irish that it does not have t-prefixation. It is still an accusative phrase, but t-prefixation is a separate issue and related to the neuter gender.

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