Conjunction, Contiguity, Contingency: On Relationships Between Events in the Egyptian and Coptic…

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byLeo Depuydt

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Language is in large part about the description of events occurring in the world around us. Relationships of different sorts may be perceived between those events. And some of these relationships can be expressed by specific verb forms--or by syntactic constructions involving specific verbforms. 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. The first essay studies the verb form called "conjunctive," arguing that the function ofthe conjunctive is to "con-join" a chain of two or more events into a single--though compound--notion. The second essay 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 third essay examinesverb forms that refer to events whose occurrence is contingent on the occurrence of other events implied or explicitly mentioned in the context. The respective grammatical phenomena are labeled conjunction, contiguity, and contingency. This study constitutes a significant advancement in ourunderstanding of the ancient language of Egypt, and will be of interest to scholars in the fields of Egyptology, Coptology, and the Ancient Near East, as well as linguists, Byzantinists and Classicists.

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Language is in large part about the description of events occurring in the world around us. Relationships of different sorts may be perceived between those events. And some of these relationships can be expressed by specific verb forms--or by syntactic constructions involving specific verbforms. The present study examines this facet of...

Leo Depuydt is at Brown University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.54 × 5.75 × 1.22 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"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 theancient Egyptian language as a whole."--Journal of Near Eastern Studies