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publication « Hieroglyphic Egyptian. A Practical Grammar of Middle Egyptian »
auteur Claude Obsomer, Sylvie Favre-Briant

Editeur : Éditions Safran
Collection : Langues et cultures anciennes, 23
Parution : 4 février 2016
Broché: 384 pages ; Dimensions : 23,5 x 16,5 x 2,1 cm
ISBN-10: 2874570842 ; ISBN-13: 978-2874570841


sujet Description


This manual presents a pedagogical approach to the grammar of Middle Egyptian, the classical language of pharaonic Egypt. It is the English version of the second edition of the Grammaire pratique du Moyen Egyptien, published in 2009 in the same Series.

The first part of this grammar book is dedicated to hieroglyphs. It provides an explanation of this writing system, presenting a selection of the 200 most important signs to memorise, as well as a basic vocabulary list that is easy to learn. Another page of this webpage includes an animation showing how to draw all these signs.

The grammatical commentary begins with an overview of the main types of clauses attested. It goes on with a systematic study of nouns and associated elements (adjectives, determiners, genitive constructions, prepositions, pronouns), the examination of non-verbal clauses, for which a verb “to be” will be introduced in the English translation, and the description of suffix and non-suffix verbal forms (morphology and syntax). It closes with a summary of the uses of auxiliaries and particles.

In addition to the grammatical explanations, the work presents a series of common phrases and expressions: names of kings and individuals, a selection of anthroponyms and titles, and expressions used in traditional funerary inscriptions.
The work continues with a list of more than 800 signs, a vocabulary list of more than 2,300 words, the references to the examples quoted, and a chronological table.

The third part concludes with a series of exercises and their correct version.

programme Table des matières / Table of contents

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Chapter One — Egyptian hieroglyphic writing

Chapter Two — From words to clauses

Chapter Three — Nouns and nominal groups

Chapter Four — Non-verbal clauses

Chapter Five — Verbs (non-suffix and relative forms)

Chapter Six — Verbs (suffix forms and verbal clauses)

Chapter Seven — Particles, auxiliaries, interrogative words

Chapter Eight — Specific expressions

Chapter Nine — Resources