Item description for From Pharaoh's Lips: Ancient Egyptian Language in the Arabic of Today (Fascinating Peek at Egypts Linguistic Heritage) by Ahmad Abdel-Hamid Youssef, Fayza Haikal, Golo & Ahmad Abd Al-Hamid Yusuf...
From the most distant past to the modern day, some things never change - including words. The modern Egyptian Arabic dialect is one of the most distinctive in the Arabic-speaking world precisely because of its illustrious heritage from the country's ancient past. Ahmad Abdel-Hamid Youssef spends a day in the Egyptian countryside, taking note of the many expressions that once fell from the lips of the ancient Egyptians and that continue to be heard on the tongues of the modern Egyptians in their everyday speech. His charming tale of Bayoumi, a farmer, his wife Sawsan and their baby provides the backdrop for tracing the persistence of these words and phrases. What these average Egyptians do, what tools they use, what they eat, how they organize their life, even how they all interact - all can be described with words that hark back to the age of pharaohs such as Khufu and Rameses II. In telling his story, Youssef integrates the ancestry of these common expressions,! with the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and Coptic and Arabic words appearing alongside transliterations and translations into English. Both entertaining and instructive, this volume includes a series of glossaries in Egyptian, Coptic and Arabic.
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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 4.75" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2003
Publisher American University in Cairo Press
ISBN 9774247086 ISBN13 9789774247088
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More About Ahmad Abdel-Hamid Youssef, Fayza Haikal, Golo & Ahmad Abd Al-Hamid Yusuf
Ahmad Abdel-Hamid Youssef is professor of Egyptology at al-Azhar University in Cairo. He has served as director-general of the Center of Documentation on Ancient Egypt and as vice-president of the Egyptian Antiquities Organization.
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Don't Bother Oct 8, 2005
This book is at once complex and facile.
Complex in that it offers, with almost no explination, both the Arabic alphabet, the Coptic alphabet, and the Hieroglyphic monoliterals (with no mention of the concept of biliterals and triliterals) then spells things in the linguistic style, so the Ancient Egyptian word for "donkey" looks like 3'. Sure, this is explained, but once, and then you need to keep looking back.
Facile in that there is no real explanation of the epistomology of words or the history of the grammar. He just uses Ancient Egyptian words in semi-context as he tells a banal story of a family going through an avarage day. For example: "Sawsan flavors her food with butter and honey, samn wa-'asal, used together proverbially nowadays to express harmony and intimacy."
There are word lists in the back of each chapter, but if you want to learn any of the languages, it's too little to be of any real use and if you don't there is no purpose in trying to remember them. If you want a discourse on linguistics and the development of language, look somewhere else.