Trouble with Goats (feminine i-stem? consonant stem?)
- Aha, I see what the trouble is with 'gaits'. David Salo lists it
wrongly in his first lesson as a masculine a-stem. It's even given as
masculine in the glossary of Joseph Wright's Grammar of the Gothic
Language. But Streitberg's dictionary calls it a feminine i-stem. It
must be feminine, unless the Gothic manuscript is unclear at this
point (*the word is only recorded once*).
jah gaits [·a·] gamanwida was mis
and one goat was prepared for me
The past participle has the feminine adjectival ending -a.
Another possibility besides being an i-stem, is that 'gaits' was a
consonant stem, like 'baurgs' "town". This latter guess would agree
with the declension of the word in Old English and Old Norse--both