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Ancient Egyptian Phonology


  • Date Published: March 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108707305

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  • In Ancient Egyptian Phonology. James Allen studies the sounds of the language spoken by the ancient Egyptians through application of the most recent methodological advances for phonological reconstruction. Using the internal evidence of the language, he proceeds from individual vowels and consonants to the sound of actual ancient Egyptian texts. Allen also explores variants, alternants, and the development of sound in texts, and touches on external evidence from Afroasiatic cognate languages. The most up to date work on this topic, Ancient Egyptian Phonology is an essential resource for Egyptologists and will also be of interest to scholars and linguists of African and Semitic languages.

    • The author is one of the top authorities on Ancient Egyptian language and the author of several books on this topic, among them, Middle Egyptian, now in its third edition
    • New, up to date methodology is used, which enables reconstruction of the sound of Ancient Egyptian
    • Prioritizes language-internal evidence, allowing Egyptian to be understood independently of related languages
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108707305
    • length: 244 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 140 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Phonemes and Sounds:
    1. Coptic
    2. Demotic
    3. Late Egyptian
    4. Middle Egyptian
    5. Old Egyptian
    6. Phonemes and sounds
    7. Phonoactics
    8. Prosody
    9. Dialects
    Part II. Phonological Analysis:
    10. Verb roots and stems
    11. Verb forms
    12. y in the pyramid texts
    13. Vocalizing Egyptian.

  • Author

    James P. Allen, Brown University, Rhode Island
    James P. Allen is the Charles Edwin Wilbour Professor of Egyptology at Brown University, Rhode Island. A scholar of ancient Egyptian language and thought, he is the author of Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs (Cambridge, 3rd edition, 2014) and The Ancient Egyptian Language: An Historical Study (Cambridge, 2013). Since 2010 he has been one of the leading scholars in a complete re-evaluation of the grammar as well as the phonology of the language.

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