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Joachim Quack leads Project on the Egyptian Language

Oct 17, 2013

Prof. Joachim Quack has been named the first coordinator of a project on the Egyptian Language at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

The project “Structures and Transformations of the Egyptian Vocabulary” (Strukturen und Transformationen des ägyptischen Wortschatzes) will compile a corpus of the now extinct Egyptian-Coptic language. With its 4500 years of history, Egyptian-Coptic is the oldest written language in the world. The project will enable researches to study the development of the language and its vocabulary throughout its periods, beyond the boundaries of the different writing systems. The project is a cooperation with the Saxonian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Leipzig.

Prof. Joachim Quack is Professor of Egyptology at Heidelberg University and speaker of Research Area C “Knowledge Systems”. He coordinates Research project C14 “Medical Systems” and is a member of MC14.2 “Aegyptiaca in early modern Europe and the phenomenon of Egyptomania”.

The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Saxonian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Leipzig are non-university research institutes that look back on a tradition of 300 and 150 years, respectively. They bring together scholars from different disciplines to foster cooperation in research and an exchange of ideas.


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