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David Stifter



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The Origin of Time (2017)

Abstract One of the words for ‘time’ in the Celtic languages is the etymon represented by OIr. aimser (ā, f), W amser (masc.), OCorn. anser (n for m probably a scribal error), OBret. amser, ModBret. amzer (fem.). In OW, amser occurs as a temporal and causal conjunction ‘when; because’ (Falileyev 2000: 6). In accordance with a cross-linguistic tendency, these words for ‘time’ can also refer to the ‘wea-ther’,2 thereby evidencing a remarkable semantic shift of reference from a primary abstract3 concept to a phenomenon of daily practical experience.
Collections Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Type = Article
Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Status = Published
Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Academic Unit = Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy: School of Celtic Studies: Early Irish (Sean Ghaeilge)

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