{Best} Ancient Egyptian: A Linguistic IntroductionAuthor Loprieno – Z55z.co

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 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.

7 thoughts on “Ancient Egyptian: A Linguistic Introduction

  1. leonidas leonidas says:

    just perfect

  2. Ralph Ralph says:

    A fine introduction for the dead language lover

  3. Branimir Cucek Branimir Cucek says:

    Somehow it looks like the Loprieno had a hard time with the publisher or not much time because it looks like the book should be much larger.Namely, although he praises interlinear translations he admits that the translations have enough information pp xii xiii as they are presented, but it could be much easier to follow the narrative if all the translations could be grammatically parsed or at least italicized in main points.Indeed, Loprieno sometimes uses parsing pp147,159 , or true interlinear pp160 ex 75 , 84 , or italicization of key points addressed in texts pp 198 ex 66 and underline pp.116 and is very easy to follow on that spots, and it shows a true language professional.On other places you must break the thoughts and delve into translation and grammar parsing and also there are sometimes long chunks of texts where you could get lost and need to reread This becomes impediment at times.Loprieno also admits that he has no room for elaboration of Negation patterns ch 5.7 in detail But if you want to understand it you must get his articles on the subject on Negation in reference those are excellent explanatory material left out which should be included in the introductory book.On the other side, the grammatical tables are invaluable as they summarize whole chapters and are easy to follow.Indexes at the end of the book are excellent cross information, especially index of topics, morphemes and lexemes.Minding space shortcomings the book is very well organized considering space allotted , extremely thorough and above all very modern.For specifics on tech talk in linguistics, the most useful book to have with you when reading Loprieno isDavid Crystal Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics The Language Library Without good dictionary like this it is much difficult to follow the discourse.Regarding contents Ch.1,2 and 3 are nice introductory material and is a summary of all the work done in the phonetics field published in books and periodicals of relevance to Ancient Egyptian.Ch.4 Is a true morphological summary of Ancient Egyptian and it looks like half the Gardiner Egyptian Grammar Egyptology Griffith Institute compressed The verbal morphology ch 4.6 is a very modern and unexplored field not touched much by classics and very interesting it also need some time and heavy use of Crystal.Ch 5,6, and 7 are true anatomical atlas of Ancient Egyptian language and Ch.7 is slightly theoretical as the verbal approach is only recently taking ground.I suggest NOT to read chapters on Later Egyptian i.e 5.11, 6.7, and 7.9 at a first few rereads until you are completely familiar with Middle Egyptian because it is just too much information on a small space.Such a wide scope of the book on such a small volume is sometimes nauseating even after numerous re readings But after some time, resisting the plateau of learning everything would fit and you can even sometimes enjoy such minimalistic writing After completely familiarizing with contents it can be an excellent study reference and prime source on Ancient Egyptian.

  4. D. Dr Müller D. Dr Müller says:

    According to my knowldege this book is the first comprehensive and comparative grammar of the old Egyptian language from its roots down to the Coptic language It gives an excellent insight of how men and languages develop over a period of nearly 4000 years,unique in history.

  5. Francesca Francesca says:

    This is the first time that the insight of modern linguistics has been applied to the long and careful investigations into the decipherment of Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs The hieroglyphic system and its different varieties with its phonology, morphology and syntax are explained It is an excellent book but hard to follow if a person has little or no knowledge of linguistics Otherwise, it is perfect for learning about the language not for translating hieroglyphs Lots of examples have been taken from actual Egyptian texts ie, The Tale of Sinuhe, The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant, etc As the back cover says, it is essential reading for linguists and Egyptologists alike.

  6. oriole oriole says:

    The book is a very good reference for Ancient Egyptian, but the printing quality of the cover is really bad for a medium priced academic book The borders between colours are blurred The copyright page says transferred to digital printing 2004 Did the Cambridge University Press print this with a home printer Or does the problem come from lousy scanning In that case why doesn t Cambridge University Press use the original file to print I bought my copy from The Book Depository I can accept such quality with mass market paperbacks but the irony is their covers are better executed.

  7. Isaac FKW Isaac FKW says:

    This work is probably the best exposition on the Egyptian language available to the general public currently The chapter on phonology is highly commendable for the presentation of believable reconstructions of original pronunciations of Egyptian words, including inflections, which one sorely misses in most other works However, without sound grounding in linguistics, the contents are often difficult to comprehend, especially the sections on grammar Nevertheless, the book is certainly an indispensable and authoritative reference on this subject matter for every serious student of Egyptology and or Egyptian language.