13 Problematising Linguistic Variation in the Coffin Texts: A Case-Study on Spell CT 335

In: Variability in the Earlier Egyptian Mortuary Texts
Dina Serova
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Register choices in Ancient Egyptian mortuary texts have not been studied so far and are a promising research area. This article tentatively explores the option of understanding instances of linguistic variation observed in Coffin Texts as diaphasic rather than as diatopic or diastratic choices. This is undertaken on the basis of spell CT 335 by keeping the temporal and spatial parameters as stable as possible. In considering only examples of this text originating from Middle Kingdom Thebes, variational parameters and situational-functional factors of two text pairs of this Coffin Text spell, namely T1Ca and T1Cb as well as T1Be and T2Be, are investigated in a case-study.

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