Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian, Volume 1

Volume 1: A Phonological Introduction


This is the introductory volume to the first dictionary on the etymological relations between ancient Egyptian and other Afro-Asiatic languages.
Gábor Takács’ new multi-volume Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian (now to appear at regular intervals of about 12-18 months) will be a hallmark in Egyptian and Afro-Asiatic linguistics. The amount of material offered, the extensive treatment of scholarly discussions on each item, and the insights into the connections of Egyptian with its related Afro-Asiatic languages, including many new lexical parallels, will make it an indispensable tool for comparative and interpretative purposes and the unchallenged starting point for every linguist in the field.

Volume 1, the opening volume of the dictionary, can rightly be called the key to the work; it not only provides the users with a comprehensive analysis of the Afro-Asiatic background of the Egyptian consonant system, but also offers a critical appraisal of linguistic theories on Egyptian historical phonology, the problems surrounding the origins of the Egyptian language, and an extensive bibliography to the dictionary volumes to appear.

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Gábor Takács, Ph.D. (1998) in Egyptology, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary, is Humboldt research fellow at Frankfurt University. He has published actively on Egyptian and Afro-Asiatic comparative phonology and lexicology.
'This is an important book with relevance to Afroasiatic linguistics as a whole. It is executed with exemplary scholarship and rigour, sometimes even with tempered passion…The reader mus […]await eagerly the appearance of the remaining volumes of the Dictionary proper.'
David L. Appleyard, Bulletin School of Oriental & African Studies, 2001.
'The dictionary will probably please all those who are oriented to historical linguistics.'
Edgar Jarúnek, Asian and African Studies, 2001.
Egyptologists, Africanists, Semitists, scholars of comparative linguistics.
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