Texts

    Irish grammatical tracts

    • Early Modern Irish
    • Irish texts on language and literature
    Textbook compilations of Irish bardic schools on the proper uses of grammar. The tracts constitute a rich and valuable source for Irish bardic poetry, specimens of which are amply cited, and offers evidence for many different aspects of Classical Modern Irish.
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    • Early Modern Irish

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    Irish texts on language and literature

    Sources

    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.

    [ed.] Mac Cárthaigh, Eoin, The art of bardic poetry: a new edition of Irish grammatical tracts I, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 2014.
    [ed.] Bergin, Osborn, “Irish grammatical tracts [I and II, §§ 1–11]”, Ériu 8 (supplement, 1916): i–v, 1–60.
    [ed.] Bergin, Osborn, “Irish grammatical tracts [II, §§ 12–87]”, Ériu 9 (supplement, 1921–1923): 61–124.
    [ed.] Bergin, Osborn, “Irish grammatical tracts [II, §§ 88–207]”, Ériu 10 (supplement, 1928–1926): 125–166.
    [ed.] Bergin, Osborn, “Irish grammatical tracts: III and IV”, Ériu 14 (supplement, 1946): 167–257.
    [ed.] Bergin, Osborn, “Irish grammatical tracts V: metrical faults”, ed. Eleanor Knott, Ériu 17 (supplement, 1955): 259–293.
    Edition wanted.
    An edition of the syntactic tract on the subjunctive in TCD 1319 and TCD 1311 has not (yet) been published. Damian McManus has provided a transcription in a working document made available on https://www.tcd.ie/Irish/research/database.php

    Secondary sources (select)

    McManus, Damian, “Varia II: IGT/BST citations; some more identifications”, Ériu 61 (2011): 169–170.
    McManus, Damian, “Varia II: IGT citations; more identifications”, Ériu 58 (2008): 181.
    McManus, Damian, “Varia II. IGT citations; Further identifications”, Ériu 55 (2005): 145.
    Breatnach, Pádraig A., “The metres of citations in the Irish grammatical tracts”, Éigse 32 (2000): 7–22.
    McManus, Damian, “The Irish grammatical and syntactical tracts: a concordance of duplicated and identified citations”, Ériu 48 (1997): 83–101.
    McManus, Damian, “Classical modern Irish”, in: McCone, Kim R., and Katharine Simms (eds.), Progress in medieval Irish studies, Maynooth: Department of Old Irish, St. Patrick's College, 1996. 165–187.
    Armstrong, John, “A glossarial index of nouns and adjectives in Irish grammatical tracts II–IV”, Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 5 (1985): 187–410.
    Ó Cuív, Brian, “The linguistic training of the mediaeval Irish poet”, Celtica 10 (1973): 114–140.
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