The Ancient Egyptian Language: An Historical Study

The Ancient Egyptian Language: An Historical Study

By: James P. Allen (author)Hardback

1 - 2 weeks availability


This book, the first of its kind, examines how the phonology and grammar of the ancient Egyptian language changed over more than three thousand years of its history, from the first appearance of written documents, c.3250 BC, to the Coptic dialects of the second century AD and later. Part One discusses phonology, working backward from the vowels and consonants of Coptic to those that can be deduced for earlier stages of the language. Part Two is devoted to grammar, including both basic components such as nouns and the complex history of the verbal system. The book thus provides both a synchronic description of the five major historical stages of ancient Egyptian and a diachronic analysis of their development and relationship.

Create a review

About Author

James P. Allen is the 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), Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs (2000, 2010), The Heqanakht Papyri (2002), The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts (2005) and The Debate between a Man and His Soul (2010).


1. Ancient Egyptian; Part I. Phonology: 2. Coptic phonology; 3. Coptic and Egyptian; 4. Correspondents and cognates; 5. Egyptian phonology; Part II. Grammar: 6. Nouns, pronouns, and adjectives; 7. Non-verbal predicates; 8. Verbs; 9. Verbs: Egyptian I; 10. Verbs: Egyptian II; 11. Verbs: Egyptian I-II; 12. Subordination.

Product Details

  • publication date: 11/07/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781107032460
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 266
  • ID: 9781107032460
  • weight: 570
  • ISBN10: 1107032466

Delivery Information

  • Saver Delivery: Yes
  • 1st Class Delivery: Yes
  • Courier Delivery: Yes
  • Store Delivery: Yes

Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly