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The canonical tract has been normalized to the language of the Old Irish glosses, particularly the main hand of the Würzburg glosses on the Pauline Epistles (c.750AD) and the Milan glosses on the Psalms (beginning of the 9th century). The tract is dated to the beginning of the 8th century based upon a handful of diagnostic linguistic features, discussed in the section on the Date of the Text. Thurneysen used the contemporary glosses found in the Wurzburg glosses on the Pauline Epistles, the Milan glosses on the Psalms, and the Book of Armagh as some of the main sources upon which to base his Grammar of Old Irish, thus establishing the standard upon which all subsequent reference works on Old Irish are based. The language of the legal glosses and commentary has not been normalized so as to preserve their linguistic stratification.

Keywords: Milan glosses; Old Irish glosses; Pauline Epistles; Würzburg glosses



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