A Linguistic Introduction
By (author) Antonio Loprieno
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Ancient Egyptian by Antonio Loprieno
Book DescriptionThe 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 which uses the insights of modern linguistics. Antonio Loprieno traces Ancient Egyptian's historical development from Old Egyptian to Coptic, and, combining diachronic and synchronic viewpoints wherever possible, he looks at the hieroglyphic system and its cursive varieties (Hieratic and Demotic), the phonology of Classical Egyptian and Coptic, the phonology and syntax of the literary languages, and semantic and pragmatic constraints on syntax. He also looks at the genetic connections of Egyptian within the Afroasiatic family, especially with Semitic languages such as Akkadian, Arabic, and Hebrew. This book will be essential reading for linguists and Egyptologists alike.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521448499
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Oct-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Consisting of three volumes, this title outlines the gradual evolution of Egyptian literary genres, including biographical and historical inscriptions carved on stone and the various classes of literary works written with pen on papyrus. It also shows the culmination of these literary genres within the single period known as the New Kingdom.
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