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    The Origin of Time

    Stifter, David (2017) The Origin of Time. Eriu, 67. pp. 219-226. ISSN 0332-0758

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    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.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the preprint version of the published article which is available at: David Stifter. “Varia II. The Origin of Time.” Ériu, vol. 67, 2017, pp. 219–226. JSTOR, This article was written as part of the research project Chronologicon Hibernicum. Chronologicon Hibernicum has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 647351. My acknowledgements go to Elliott Lash, Corinna Salomon and Michael Weiss for help and suggestions, as well as to two reviewers of Ériu.
    Keywords: Chronologicon Hibernicum; time; aimser; Old Irish; Celtic languages;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Celtic Studies > Early Irish (Sean Ghaeilge)
    Item ID: 10164
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    Depositing User: Prof. David Stifter
    Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2018 11:43
    Journal or Publication Title: Eriu
    Publisher: Royal Irish Academy
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: European Research Council (ERC)
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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