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Ancient Egyptian (was: new Unnamed Conlang)

From:Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Friday, September 17, 2004, 18:16
On Friday, September 17, 2004, at 12:59 , Rodlox wrote:

> ----- Original Message ----- > From: Christian Thalmann <cinga@...> > To: <CONLANG@...> > Sent: Friday, September 17, 2004 12:08 AM > Subject: Re: new Unnamed Conlang > > >> --- In, Rodlox <Rodlox@H...> wrote: >> >>> jy (like "DJoser" in Ancient Egyptian) >> >> Does anyone what Ancient Egyptian sounded like? > > the Rosetta Stone.
Eh? It's a *stone*, not a gramophone record, tape or CD. It gives us no idea whatsoever what either ancient Egyptian or for that matter what ancient Greek sounded like.
> > other than that...I once heard that Coptic was a relic / vestige of > Ancient > Egyptian.
Neither - it's a descendant of ancient Egyptian in the same way that French, Spanish and so on are descendants of (Vulgar) Latin. Fortunately, in the latter case we have several different Romance languages and by making comparisons can make a reasonable guess what Vulgar Latin sounded like. Ancient Egyptian has only one descendant. It is rather like trying to reconstruct what Latin sounded like if French were its only descendant. The only certainty in fact is that we do not know what ancient Egyptian sounded like and short of time-travel we will probably never properly know. Ray =============================================== =============================================== "They are evidently confusing science with technology." UMBERTO ECO September, 2004