Course Description: The course will introduce to the following topics: The uniliteral signs: signs which stand for one phoneme. Learning of the substantives which are represented in the uniliteral signs. The biliteral signs: signs which stand for two phonemes. Learning of the substantives and verbs represented by the biliteral signs, inserting them into the personal dictionaries. The triliteral signs, the fundamental ideograms, and determinatives: signs which stand for three phonemes (roots), signs which stand for particularly important substantives, signs which help the reader recognizing the semantic area of a word. Learning of the relative substantives and verbs, inserting them in the dictionaries. The noun: substantive and the pronouns, personal and demonstrative, and the prepositions: the singular, the feminine, the plural, the dual. Categories of nouns: human beings, deities, animals and plants, body parts, realia. The verb: the prospective, the perfective, the stative. Categories of actions: link with the categories of nouns, attributing its verbs to each category. The verb: the imperfective, perfective, and prospective participle, together with the relative and the interrogative pronoun.
Objectives of the course are: 1) basic mastering of the Hieroglyphic writing with both active and passive competency (drawing and reading abilities), 2) basic mastering of the fundamentals of middle Egyptian grammar and lexicon, 3) ability to read and understand simple passages from ancient Egyptian literature.
Methods of the course are: stimulation of the student’s metalinguistic reasoning skills applied to language learning through 1) active use of the new language’s writing system, 2) reasoned grammar learning departing from the minimal fundamentals of morphology (morphs and their combinatorial laws), with constant application of the new grammatical rules and lexicon learned via formulation of new sentences in Egyptian by the student led by the teacher, 3) recognizing of the grammatical laws and lexicon learned in the samples from the original literature which are offered to the students in the final part of the course. In fact, my method starts with the two active skills (writing and speaking) and ends with the two passive ones (reading and listening).
Level: Beginners. The language of the course could be English, but, if there are people, who already studied Latin, and are interested in learning a new ancient language in Latin, I would be more than happy to teach in Latin.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.
Mondays, Thursdays, 1:00-3:00pm