The Online Database of the Old Irish Priscian Glosses
The Online Database of the Old Irish Priscian Glosses is the third and last of the three works dealing with the main manuscripts of Old Irish. It is the final outcome of a project funded by the Austrian Science Funds, project number P 22859.
The other Old Irish corpora have already been covered by dictionaries or databases:
- The Würzburg Glosses were dealt with by Séamus Kavanagh’s dictionary of the Würzburg glosses (2001), edited posthumously by Dagmar S. Wodtko,
- The Milan Glosses were dealt with by the Milan Glosses Dictionary Project (also funded by FWF), the outcome of which has also been published as an online database. A printed dictionary will follow later.
The Online Database of the Old Irish Priscian Glosses thus completes the basis for solid and reliable work with the early manuscript sources of the Irish language.
The project’s main task was the compilation of a corpus dictionary of all the Old Irish glosses dealing with the Latin grammar of Priscian, which are found in codex 904 of the Stiftsbibliothek of St Gall (Sankt Gallen, Switzerland) and in four minor mss. of roughly the same period, i.e.
- Karlsruhe Codex Augiensis (Reichenau) CXXXII
- Paris BN ms lat. 10290
- Milan Bibl. Ambr. Codex Ambrosianus A 138 sup.
- Leiden Universiteitsbibliotheek, BPL 67
To accomplish this task, the project worker Dr. Bernhard Bauer entered all the Old Irish Priscian glosses into a Filemaker database, analysed them grammatically, commented on them and, naturally, also provided a full glossary for them. This database is an adapted version of the one developed by Dr. Aaron Griffith for the Milan Glosses Dictionary Project. The main corpus of glosses adduced as a basis for this work, the St Gall glosses, was not taken from the gloss edition in Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus but from a recently established online database containing the full text of the St Gall glosses. This database was compiled by Pádraic Moran and is itself based on the published as well as the unpublished work by Rijcklof Hofman on the Priscian glosses. Dr. Moran has kindly granted full access to this database.
The project ran from October 1, 2010 to October 31, 2014.
Our sincere thanks go to the FWF for funding this project, to Dr. Pádraic Moran, to Dr. Aaron Griffith, to the staff of the Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen, and to the staff of Badische Landesbibliothek in Karlsruhe.