9780521448499

Ancient Egyptian : A Linguistic Introduction

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    9780521448499

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    0521448492

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1995-10-27
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

The language of Ancient Egypt has been the object of careful investigation since its decipherment in the nineteenth century, but this is the first accessible account that uses the insight of modern linguistics. Antonio Loprieno discusses the hieroglyphic system and its cursive varieties, and the phonology, morphology and syntax of Ancient Egyptian, as well as looking at its genetic ties with other languages of the Near East. This book will be indispensable for both linguists and Egyptologists.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Major chronological divisions of Egyptian history xiv
The language of Ancient Egypt
The genetic frame
1(4)
History of the Egyptian language
5(3)
A brief look at Egyptological linguistics
8(3)
Further reading
10(1)
Egyptian graphemics
Introduction
11(1)
The basic principles of hieroglyphic writing
12(6)
Connotational devices in the hieroglyphic system
18(1)
The historical development of Egyptian writing
19(5)
The end of the system and its rediscovery
24(4)
Further reading
27(1)
Egyptian phonology
Introduction
28(1)
Heuristic criteria
29(2)
The prehistory of Egyptian phonology
31(1)
The phonological system of earlier Egyptian
32(6)
Consonants
32(3)
Vowels
35(1)
Syllabic structures
36(2)
The phonological system of later Egyptian
38(2)
Consonants
38(1)
Vowels
38(1)
Syllabic structures
39(1)
The phonological system of Coptic
40(11)
Consonants
41(5)
Vowels
46(2)
Syllabic structures
48(2)
Further reading
50(1)
Elements of historical morphology
Introduction
51(1)
Root, stem, word
52(3)
Nominal morphology
General features
55(1)
Compound nouns
56(1)
The feminine
57(1)
Plural and dual
58(2)
Feminine and plural in later Egyptian
60(3)
Pronouns
Personal pronouns
63(3)
Personal pronouns in later Egyptian
66(2)
Deictic, interrogative, and relative pronouns
68(3)
Numerals
71(1)
The verb
Introduction
72(1)
General features of verbal morphology
73(4)
Verbal morphology in earlier Egyptian
77(9)
Non-finite verbal forms
86(3)
Negative verbal forms
89(1)
Verbal morphology in later Egyptian
90(9)
Prepositions, conjunctions, particles
99(4)
Further reading
101(2)
Nominal syntax
Introduction
103(1)
Bipartite vs. tripartite patterns
Classifying and identifying patterns
104(2)
Specifying patterns
106(3)
Entire clauses as predicate of pw: ``thetic'' statements
109(3)
Sentences with adjectival predicate and cleft sentences
Qualifying patterns
112(2)
Identifying (cleft) sentences
114(4)
Possessive and interrogative patterns
Possessive constructions
118(3)
Interrogative constructions
121(1)
Existential sentences and temporal-modal features
122(3)
Negative patterns
125(6)
Nominal sentences in later Egyptian
131(2)
Old and new cleft sentences
133(4)
Interrogative, possessive, and existential patterns
137(3)
Negation in later Egyptian
140(4)
Further reading
142(2)
Adverbial and pseudoverbal syntax
Introduction
144(2)
Adverbial and pseudoverbal patterns
146(4)
Adverbial conversions
Adverbial clauses
150(5)
Adverbial phrases
155(3)
Converted vs. unconverted relative clauses
158(4)
Initial vs. non-initial clauses
General features
162(4)
The proclitic particles jw and mk
166(2)
Negation in adverbial and pseudoverbal patterns
Negation in adverbial and pseudoverbal sentences
168(2)
Negation of adverbial phrases
170(2)
Adverbial sentences in later Egyptian
The Present I and its conversions
172(4)
The fate of pseudoverbal patterns
176(2)
Main vs. subordinate clauses
178(2)
Later Egyptian negative patterns
180(3)
Further reading
182(1)
Verbal syntax
Introduction
183(1)
The independent verbal sentence
184(2)
Initial vs. non-initial main clauses
186(3)
Verbal clauses embedded as adverbial phrases
189(3)
The Verbal sentence with topicalized predicate
General characteristics
192(3)
Topicalized vs. adverbialized verbal forms
195(1)
The ``balanced'' sentence
196(2)
Other focalizing uses of the topicalized VP
198(1)
Verbal clauses embedded as noun phrases
199(3)
Converted relative clauses
General features
202(2)
Relative conversion of agentless sentences
204(5)
Negation in verbal clauses
Contradictory negation in main verbal clauses
209(1)
Modal negation
210(3)
Contrary negation in verbal clauses
213(1)
Negation of verbal predicates embedded as AP
214(1)
Negation of verbal predicated embedded as NP
215(2)
Negation of adjectival conversions
217(3)
Verbal syntax in later Egyptian
General features
220(1)
Initial verbal clauses and parataxis
221(4)
Non-initial verbal clauses and hypotaxis
225(4)
Dependent clauses and subordination
229(2)
From embedding to conversion
231(5)
Further reading
236(1)
Epilogue 237(3)
Notes 240(39)
References 279(14)
Index of passages 293(8)
Index of morphemes 301(3)
Index of lexemes 304(9)
Index of topics 313

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