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Re: A few more Breathanach notes
Breathanach has a form in "-nn", currently called the second participle,
functioning as a gerund. It also has a form in "-nte", currently
called the first participle, functioning as a participle. The
*foil* mentions them in this order.
Latin had a gerund in "-nd-" (2nd decl neuter) and a participle in
"-ns", "-ntis" (3rd decl).
The B. forms can be explained by (in either order): a reduction of
"nd" to "nn" and a function/form swap.
All previous statements are inoperative.
--Ron Ziegler, President Nixon's press secretary
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You tollerday donsk? N. You tolkatiff scowegian? Nn.
You spigotty anglease? Nnn. You phonio saxo? Nnnn.
Clear all so! 'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)