LINGUIST List 11.2081

Fri Sep 29 2000

Books: Language(Middle Egyptian/French/Early Germanic)

Editor for this issue: Naomi Ogasawara <>

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  1. Joyce Reid, Middle Egyptian, J.P.Allen
  2. Joyce Reid, Using French, R.E. Batchelor & M.H. Offord
  3. Joyce Reid, Old French English Dictionary, Hindley, Langley & Levy
  4. Joyce Reid, Language and History in the Early Germanic World, D.H. Green

Message 1: Middle Egyptian, J.P.Allen

Date: 28 Sep 2000 09:18:18 +0800
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Middle Egyptian, J.P.Allen

Middle Egyptian
An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs

James P. Allen
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This is an introduction to the writing system of ancient Egypt and the
language of hieroglyphic texts. It contains twenty-six lessons,
exercises (with answers), a list of hieroglyphic signs, and a
dictionary, as well as twenty-five essays on the most important
aspects of ancient Egyptian history, society, religion and
literature. It also offers scholars of linguistics a complete
grammatical description of the classical language of ancient Egypt.


1. Language and writing: Ancient Egyptian history; 
2. The sounds of Middle Egyptian: Ancient Egyptian geography; 
3. Multiliteral signs: Ancient Egyptian society; 
4. Nouns: the gods; 
5. Pronouns: the gods on earth; 
6. Adjectives: the kings' names; 
7. Adjectival and nominal sentences: human nature; 
8. Prepositions and adverbs: death and the afterlife; 
9. Numbers: Egyptian chronology; 
10.Adverbial sentences: Maat; 
11.Nonverbal sentences: the world before creation; 
12.Nonverbal clauses: the creation of the world; 
13.Verbs: the creative word; 
14.The infinitival forms: the Memphite theology; 
15.The pseudoverbal construction: the creator; 
16.The imperative and particles: heresy; 
17.The stative: phonology and writing; 
18.The perfect: Egyptian literature; 
19.The subjunctive: Middle Egyptian wisdom literature; 
20.The perfective and imperfective: Middle Egyptian stories; 
21.The prospective and passive: historical texts; 
22.Other forms of the suffix conjugation: religious texts; 
23.The participles: hymns and poetry; 
24.The relative forms: nonliterary texts; 
25.Special uses of the relative forms: letters; 
26.Middle Egyptian grammar; 
References; Sign list; Dictionary; Answers to the exercises.

1999/524 pp./1 map/25 exercises
65312-6/Hb/List: $74.95 Disc.: $59.96
77483-7/Pb/List: $29.95 Disc.: $23.96

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Message 2: Using French, R.E. Batchelor & M.H. Offord

Date: 28 Sep 2000 09:25:38 +0800
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Using French, R.E. Batchelor & M.H. Offord

Using French
A Guide to Comtemporary Usage
Third Edition

R.E. Batchelor, Formerly University of Nottingham
M.H. Offord, University of Nottingham

This is a new, thoroughly revised edition of the acclaimed Using
French. It provides guidance for those who have already acquired the
basics of French and wish to extend their knowledge of the
language. Unlike conventional grammars, it gives special attention to
those areas of the vocabulary and grammatical usage of contemporary
French that cause most difficulty to English-speakers, and
incorporates the concept of register differences throughout. Clearly
laid out and easy to consult, it will prove invaluable to all who wish
to improve their fluency and confidence in French.


Foreword; 1. Register; 2. Vocabulary; 3. Grammar; Vocabulary list.

2000/348 pp.
64177-2/Hb/List: $64.95 Disc.: $51.96
64593-X/Pb/List: $23.9 LDisc.: $19.16

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Message 3: Old French English Dictionary, Hindley, Langley & Levy

Date: 28 Sep 2000 16:53:33 +0800
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Old French English Dictionary, Hindley, Langley & Levy

Old French English Dictionary

Alan Hindley
Frederick W. Langley
Brian J. Levy
University of Hull

This is the first Old French-English dictionary of its kind to provide
a comprehensive reference tool for a broad range of English-speaking
users including students, scholars, philologists and historians. This
manageable, single-volume, dictionary is based on a large and varied
number of texts up to ca. 1350, starting from the "classics" of
medieval French literature and extending through all the genres: epic,
romance, religious, moral, didactic and allegorical texts, lyric
poetry, drama, humor and satire, as well as nonliterary historical,
political and legal documents.


Introduction; Dictionary entries.

2000/638 pp.
34564-2/Hb/List: $140.00 Disc.: $112.00

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Message 4: Language and History in the Early Germanic World, D.H. Green

Date: 29 Sep 2000 10:26:39 +0800
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Language and History in the Early Germanic World, D.H. Green

Language and History in the Early Germanic World

D.H. Green, University of Cambridge

"...[its] appeal lies in the author's ability to provide a broad survey by
 way of linguistic evidence and historical findings."-Choice

This book offers a distinctive and accessible approach to the earliest
encounters of the Germanic tribes of Northern Europe with classical
antiquity and with early Christianity. It brings together linguistic
evidence from across Europe and dating from before Caesar to about 900
AD, to shed light on important aspects of Germanic culture. It shows
how semantics and loanword studies, often avoided by nonspecialists,
can provide important clues for historians and archaeologists of the
period. Likewise, it demonstrates that philologists and linguists
ignore historical evidence at their peril.


Part I. The Germanic World: 
	1. Religion; 2. Law; 3. Kinship; 4. Warfare; 
 5. People and army; 6. Lordship; 7. Kingship; 
Part II. Contact with the Non-Germanic World: 
	8. Contact with the Celts; 9. The migration of the Goths; 
	10.Germanic loanwords in Latin; 11. Latin loanwords in Germanic; 
	12.Trade and warfare with the Romans; 
	13.Names of the days of the week; 14. The vocabulary of writing; 
Part III. Contact with Christianity: 
	15.Problems of Christianisation; 
	16.The influence of provincial Roman Christianity; 
	17.The influence of Gothic; 
	18.The influence of the Merovingian Franks; 
	19.The influence of the Anglo-Saxons; 
	20.Contrasts in Christian vocabulary; 
	21.The vocabulary of ethics and fate; 
Bibliography; Index of words.

2000/460 pp./1 halftone/1 map
79423-4/Pb/List: $27.95 Disc.: $22.36

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---------Other Supporting Publishers-------------

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IULC Publications

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Linguistic Assoc. of Finland

Linguistic Society of Southern Africa (LSSA)

Orientalia et Africana Gothoburgensia

Pacific Linguistics

Sage Publications, Inc.

U. of Antwerp, Dept of Germanic Languages

U. of Arizona Press

U. of Huelva

U. of Marburg & Max Hueber Verlag

University of Arizona Coyote Working Papers

Utrecht Institute of Linguistics

Vaxjo: Acta Wexionesia

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