It is based on a catalogue of criteria which have been suggested in General Linguistics for a description of linked states of affairs, viz. The survey shows that Middle Welsh event nominalizations on their own assume functions covered by different non-finite structures known from related Indo-European languages e.
Furthermore, event nominalizations substantially contribute to the construction of narratives on a higher level of syntactic welsh dating culture.
There is no continuation between the period of manuscript and print. The welsh dating culture of punctuation varies considerably in the manuscripts, and the print versions generally employ more punctuation than the manuscripts.
A trend in the print versions can be observed for a consolidation of the inventory of punctuation symbols. In the period under discussion, some fuzziness and variation remain with regard to their use, particularly of the colon and of the formats for the marking of direct speech.
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This small-scale test case is intended to indicate the potential of researching patterns of ir regularities underlying the distribution of punctuation marks. Even though it was no longer used as a means of communication after the eighth century, it became an emblem of linguistic and cultural identity for medieval and early modern Irish scholars and poets because of its distinctive form, structure and letter names.
The paper describes the characteristics of ogam as a script system and traces its place in medieval learned traditions about the origin and status of the Irish language and its alphabet, its use as a terminological tool for descriptions of Irish grammar and phonology, and its contribution to the construction of cultural memory and identity.