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Bibil Identifier bibil:209224
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Late Egyptian bn n.f and mn mdj.f «he has no»
Author Depuydt, Leo
Journal Revue d'Égyptologie (Volume: 59)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Language English
Pages 111-124 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In Late Egyptian, both *bn n.f pr and *mn mdj.f pr can denote a simple thought such as 'He has no house.' It is proposed that the two patterns coexisted in perfect synonymity while differing in two other ways. First, bn n.f + N perpetuates Middle Egyptian nn n.f + N and is mainly limited to what some call 'literary' Late Egyptian, whereas mn mdj.f + N is new in Late Egyptian. Second, mn mdj.f + N is an existential sentence whereas bn n.f + N is not. A key factor in identifying the sentence pattern of bn n.f + N is that the distinction between existential sentence and adverbial sentence is not as sharp in Old and Middle Egyptian as it later became from Late Egyptian onward.
DOI 10.2143/RE.59.0.2036287
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Languages / Epigraphy : Egyptian Languages
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