Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 24, 2014 - Foreign Language Study - 610 pages
Middle Egyptian introduces the reader to the writing system of ancient Egypt and the language of hieroglyphic texts. It contains twenty-six lessons, exercises (with answers), a list of hieroglyphic signs, and a dictionary. It also includes a series of twenty-six essays on the most important aspects of ancient Egyptian history, society, religion, literature, and language. Grammar lessons and cultural essays allows users not only to read hieroglyphic texts but also to understand them, providing the foundation for understanding texts on monuments and reading great works of ancient Egyptian literature. This third edition is revised and reorganized, particularly in its approach to the verbal system, based on recent advances in understanding the language. Illustrations enhance the discussions, and an index of references has been added. These changes and additions provide a complete and up-to-date grammatical description of the classical language of ancient Egypt for specialists in linguistics and other fields.
 

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Contents

Unliteral Signs
15
Multiliteral Signs
29
Nouns
43
Pronouns
59
Adjectives
75
Adjectival and Nominal Sentences
85
Prepositions and Adverbs
105
Numbers
123
The Other Forms of the Suffix Conjugation
289
Adverb Clauses
309
Noun Clauses
331
Relative Clauses
349
The Active Participle
381
The Passive Participle
403
Emphatic Sentences
417
Middle Egyptian Grammar
439

Adverbial Sentences
139
Verbs
163
The Infinitival Forms
179
The Pseudoverbal Construction
199
The Stative
227
The sm n f
245
The sm f
265
Sign List
467
Dictionary
513
Text References
537
Answers to the Exercises
561
Index
587
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James P. Allen is the Charles Edwin Wilbour Professor of Egyptology at Brown University. He is a former curator of Egyptian art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and president of the International Association of Egyptologists. His previous publications include Genesis in Egypt: The Philosophy of Ancient Egyptian Creation Accounts (1989), The Heqanakht Papyri (2002), The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts (2005), The Debate between a Man and his Soul (2010) and The Ancient Egyptian Language, An Historical Study (2013).

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