Languages

Coptic

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Introduction

Coptic is the final stage of the Egyptian language, a northern Afro-Asiatic language spoken in Egypt until at least the seventeenth century. eral distinct Coptic dialects are identified, the most prominent of which are Sahidic and Bohairic.

Coptic is the liturgical language of the Coptic Church. Estimated 6,500,000 Coptic Christians worldwide.

Alphabet

Egyptian began to be written using the Greek alphabet in the first century. The new writing system became the Coptic script, an adapted Greek alphabet with the addition of six to seven signs from the demotic script to represent Egyptian sounds the Greek language did not have. Sev

The verb

Sample verb: κωτ (kōt)

Present

sg.1  tikōt  ϯκωτ 
sg.2 m  kkōt  κκωτ 
sg.2 f  tekōt  τεκωτ 
sg.3 m  fkōt  ϥκωτ 
sg.3 f  skōt  ϲκωτ 
pl.1  tənkōt  τν̅κωτ 
pl.2  tetənkōt  τετν̅κωτ 
pl.3  sekōt  ϲεκωτ 

Future

sg.1  tinakōt  ϯνακωτ 
sg.2 m  knakōt  κνακωτ 
sg.2 f  tenakōt  τενακωτ 
sg.3 m  fnakōt  ϥνακωτ 
sg.3 f  snakōt  ϲνακωτ 
pl.1  tənnakōt  τν̅νακωτ 
pl.2  tetnakōt  τετνακωτ 
pl.3  senakōt  ϲενακωτ 

References

  • Marjanen, Antti. Johdatus Koptin kieleen. Suomen egyptologinen seura. .
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