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The Myths of the Gods: Structures in Irish Mythology

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An application of Georges Dumézil's tripartite diagnostic for Indo-European to the primary sources of Irish mythology (medieval manuscripts but also folklore collected in the 20th century). Comparison is made not only with the structures and remains of other traditions but also with structures in the wider field of Indo-European linguistics. Where this study differs from others in the same field is the "pincer attack" used - the author is a native speaker of Irish and so checked out all the texts in the original ...
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Overview

An application of Georges Dumézil's tripartite diagnostic for Indo-European to the primary sources of Irish mythology (medieval manuscripts but also folklore collected in the 20th century). Comparison is made not only with the structures and remains of other traditions but also with structures in the wider field of Indo-European linguistics. Where this study differs from others in the same field is the "pincer attack" used - the author is a native speaker of Irish and so checked out all the texts in the original but is also a linguist with considerable experience of other Indo-European languages, including Vedic Sanskrit. If the reader finds that, despite its undoubted shortcomings, this analysis helps to situate the myths of the Irish gods in their wider, Indoeuropean, context, then it will have served its purpose.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460984604
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 3/21/2011
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Ward aka Alan Mac an Bhaird holds an MA degree from Oxford and a PhD degree from Trinity College, Dublin . Over the years he has published several articles on Irish language and literature. After some years (1975-1982) as a placenames officer in the Ordnance Survey Dublin followed by three years in Hong Kong dedicated to studying Chinese language and literature, he returned in 1985 to Andorra where he had already spent the period 1966-1972. From then until his retirement in December 2008 he acted as an official sworn translator in the Principality and is still physically based in Andorra.
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