Deixis in Egyptian

The Close, the Distant, and the Known


In this volume, Maxim N. Kupreyev explores the intricate stories of Egyptian-Coptic demonstratives and adverbs, personal, relative pronouns and definite articles. Applying the concepts of distance, contrast, and joint attention, the book offers a panorama of competing deictic systems in Old Kingdom Egypt. It singles out dialectal differences and outlines the history of deixis not as a linear development, but as a competition of regional variants that gradually attain normative status. The results of the study reconsider the evolution of Ancient Egyptian, its periodization and its embedding in the Afro-Asiatic linguistic context.

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Maxim N. Kupreyev, Ph.D. (2020), Freie Universität Berlin, is an Egyptologist and a researcher at the "School of Salamanca" project, Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory. He has published on topics including Egyptian-Coptic language and digital humanities.
List of Tables

1 Introduction
 1 A Short History of Deixis in Egyptian-Coptic: Evolution, Revolution, Involution
 2 Synoptic Overview of the Chapters
 3 Text Corpus

2 Demonstratives in Old Egyptian: Typological Features
 1 Literature Review
 2 Pragmatic and Semantic Features
 3 Morphological Features
 4 Syntactic Features

3 Deixis, Dialects, and Linguistic Hegemony
 1 Literature Review
 2 Theory
 3 Praxis

4 Grammaticalization Channels of Deictic Roots
 1 Definite and Specific Articles
 2 Personal and Relative Pronouns
 3 Nexus (Copula) Pronouns and Focus Markers
 4 Adverbs

5 The Close, the Distant and the Known: Concluding Remarks
 1 Pragmatic Features: From Attentional Demonstratives to Definite Articles
 2 Morphological Features: From pw to pꜣ
 3 Syntactic Features: From Enclitics to Proclitics
 4 Dialectal Features: From Dialectal Form to Linguistic Norm
 5 Research Outlook: Beyond Grammar

Appendix: Definiteness and Specificity in Article-Less Languages
Historical linguists, linguistic typologists, and dialectologists, specialists in Afro-Asiatic languages, Egyptologists, and everyone interested in the history of the Egyptian-Coptic and its embedding in the regional, cultural, and political contexts.
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