Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian by Gábor Takács "promises to open a new chapter in Egyptian and Afro-Asiatic comparative lingustics" (A. Dolgopolsky, in
Israel Oriental Studies). The amount of material offered, the extensive treatment of scholarly discussions on each item, and the insights into the connections of Egyptian and the related Afro-Asiatic (Semito-Hamitic) languages, including many new lexical parallels, will make it an indispensable tool for comparative purposes and an unchallenged starting point for every linguist in the field.
This second volume is in fact the first volume of the very etymological dictionary. It comprises the Egyptian words with initial b-, p-, and f-. The reader will find the etymological entries even more detailed than those of the introductory volume, due to the full retrospective presentation of all etymologies proposed since A. Erman's time, and thanks to an extremely detailed discussion of all possible relevant data even on the less known Afro-Asiatic cognates to the Egyptian roots.
Gábor Takács, Ph.D. (1998) in Egyptology, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary, is Humboldt Research Fellow at Frankfurt University. He has published on Egyptian and Afro-Asiatic comparative phonology and lexicology.
Reviews of volume 1: Prof. A. Zaborski (Rocznik Orientalistyczny, Warszawa) : '
...the publication of the dictionary is 'a historic event'…' Prof. A. Dogolpolsky (Israel Oriental Studies): '
…promises to open a new chapter in Egyptian and Semito-Hamitic linguistics.'
Egyptologists, Africanists, Semitists, scholars of comparative linguistics.