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Conjunction, Contiguity, Contingency : On Relationships Between Events in the Egyptian and Coptic Verbal Systems - Leo Depuydt

Conjunction, Contiguity, Contingency

On Relationships Between Events in the Egyptian and Coptic Verbal Systems

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Published: 6th May 1993
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Language is in large part about the description of events occurring in the world around us. Relationships of different sorts between those events can be expressed by specific verb forms - or by syntactic constructions involving specific verb forms. The present study examines this facet of the Egyptian and Coptic verbal systems in isolation, singling out three types of relationships between events and the linguistic means by which they are expressed.
This book comprises three chapters on the grammar of hieroglyphic Egyptian and its linear descendant, Coptic, covering more than 3000 years of language history. The initial chapter studies the verb form called "conjunctive," asserting that the function of the conjunctive is to "con-join" a chain of two or more events into a single - though compound - notion. The second chapter shows how a certain syntactic construction can be used to refer to events that are contiguous - that is, events that succeed one another rapidly in time. The final chapter examines verb forms that refer to events whose occurrence is contingent on the occurrence of other events implied or explicitly mentioned in the context. The three grammatical phenomena are respectively labeled conjunction, contiguity, and contingency.
The first work in which the expression of relationships between events is studied in isolation as an important characteristic of the Egyptian and Coptic verbal systems, this study constitutes a significant advancement in our understanding of the ancient language of Egypt. It will be of interest to scholars in the fields of Egyptology, Coptology, and the Ancient Near East, as well as linguists, Byzantinists, and classicists.

"Conjunction, Contiguity, Contingency is truly an enjoyable book to read: the author writes with grace, elegance, and even wit. Not only is the book a fresh and innovative look at specific points in Egyptian grammar, but it is also an impressive contribution to our understanding of the ancient Egyptian language as a whole."--Journal of Near Eastern Studies "Conjunction, Contiguity, Contingency is truly an enjoyable book to read: the author writes with grace, elegance, and even wit. Not only is the book a fresh and innovative look at specific points in Egyptian grammar, but it is also an impressive contribution to our understanding of the ancient Egyptian language as a whole."--Journal of Near Eastern Studies

Preface on Relationships Between Eventsp. xi
Conjunctionp. 1
Introductionp. 4
The Conjunctive as Con-Joiner""""""""p. 9
The Conjunctive Following Second Tensesp. 14
Coptic Nci in the Conjunctive Chainp. 42
Negations in the Conjunctive Chainp. 45
Semantic Types of Conjunctive Chainsp. 67
The Promissive Future and the Conjunctive in Copticp. 75
Translating the Conjunctivep. 94
Relationship of the Conjunctive with What Precedesp. 98
Conjunction Beyond the Conjunctivep. 103
Concludingp. 113
A Bibliography of the Conjunctivep. 115
Contiguityp. 117
Contiguity in Sinuhe B 200p. 129
Contrastive Emphasis and Contiguityp. 140
Translating Contiguous Eventsp. 142
Morphological and Syntactic Criteriap. 145
Events Prone to Contracting a Relationship of Contiguityp. 152
Expressions of Contiguity in the Story of Sinuhep. 178
C&hbdot;c.N S&dbbar;m.N=Fp. 186
Excursus: Jwj Come"""" and Jnj """"Bring""""""""p. 189
Simultaneity as an Expression of Contiguityp. 192
An Expression of Contiguity Dating to the New Kingdomp. 197
Contingencyp. 201
S&dbbar;m.&Hbbreve;r=F/&Hbbreve;r=F S&dbbar;m=F as Contingent Aoristp. 208
S&dbbar;m.K3=F/K3(=F) S&dbbar;m=F as Contingent Futurep. 234
Conclusionp. 249
Indexes Index of Passages Citedp. 257
Index of Authors Citedp. 266
General Indexp. 272
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ISBN: 9780195080926
ISBN-10: 0195080920
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 6th May 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.66 x 14.28  x 2.44
Weight (kg): 0.54