Dúil Dromma Cetta

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prose (primary)


Irish glossaries


Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

Edition wanted.
A new edition by Arbuthnot (Sharon) is forthcoming.
[ed.] Russell, Paul, Sharon Arbuthnot, and Pádraic Moran, Early Irish glossaries database, Online: Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge. URL: <http://www.asnc.cam.ac.uk/irishglossaries>.
[ed.] Russell, Paul, “Dúil Dromma Cetta and Cormac’s Glossary”, Études Celtiques 32 (1996): 147–174.
Includes transcriptions from Egerton 1782 and TCD 1287.
[ed.] Stokes, Whitley, “Irish glosses, edited by a member of the Council from a manuscript in the library of Trinity College, Dublin [H. 3. 18, p. 61, col. 1]”, Transactions of the Philological Society 6 (1859 [issued 1860]): 168–215.
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Transcription from TCD 1337, p. 63ff.

Secondary sources (select)

Moran, Pádraic, “‘A living speech’? The pronunciation of Greek in early medieval Ireland”, Ériu 61 (2011): 29–57. 
While the Irish knowledge of Greek in the early Middle Ages has been much debated, the evidence of Irish language texts has been largely ignored. Early Irish glossaries (O'Mulconry's Glossary, Sanas Cormaic, Dúil Dromma Cetta) cite at least 190 Greek words, and this presents an opportunity to study some sources for Greek available in Ireland. This article looks at the evidence of the glossaries for the pronunciation of Greek in particular. In doing so, it aims to clarify the extent to which Greek in Ireland was, in Zimmer's words, 'a living speech'.
Arbuthnot, Sharon, “Obscurities in Dúil Dromma Cetta: insights into a lost exemplar and form-oriented scribing”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 59 (Summer, 2010): 19–37.
Russell, Paul, “Gwr gwynn y law: figures of speech in Gramadegau'r penceirddiaid and Latin grammarians”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 32 (Winter, 1996): 95–104.
Russell, Paul, “Dúil Dromma Cetta and Cormac’s Glossary”, Études Celtiques 32 (1996): 147–174.
Dennis Groenewegen
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