The History of the Egyptian Language and the Creation of Linguistic Patterns (Rachael Cornwell, University of Liverpool)

Start time: 13:00 / End time: 14:00 / Date: 28 Nov 2019 / Venue: Arthur West Room, 8-14 Abercromby Square Abercromby SQ (south)

Open to: Students within this Faculty / Staff within this Faculty / Any UOL students / Any UOL staff / Any potential postgraduate students / Any potential international students / University of Liverpool Alumni / General Public

Type: Seminar


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About the event

Egyptian verbal constructions in each stage of the language have, for the most part, different forms, different meanings, and are found in different contexts. As such, they have frequently been studied separately, with the majority of large reference works being written for individual language stages and discussing each verbal construction individually, while diachronic and comparative studies of the Egyptian language have not yet reached the same extent.

However, diachronic and comparative works can reveal interesting phenomena that are not brought to light by synchronic studies. Comparing the development of different verb forms shows that the different minor linguistic changes which occurred in each of these accumulated to create the same pattern of the ‘linguistic cycle’ in the development of every Egyptian verbal construction. This pattern was formed by the alternate analyticisation and syntheticisation of each construction, each of which was enabled by the accumulated effect of the various minor linguistic changes which occurred.

This paper will investigate the linguistic processes which occurred to create the manifestation of the linguistic cycle in the development of various verbal construction, and will consider how many times analyticisation and syntheticisation occurred in each. The similarities and differences between the creation of the linguistic cycle pattern in each construction will then be compared. This will subsequently allow a preliminary conclusion to be made regarding how similar the linguistic cycle pattern is across the developments of different Egyptian verbal constructions.This event is part of the Work in Progress seminar series

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