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Scribal Repertoires in Egypt from the New Kingdom to the Early Islamic Period$
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Jennifer Cromwell and Eitan Grossman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198768104

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198768104.001.0001

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The Scribal Repertoire of Amennakhte Son of Ipuy

The Scribal Repertoire of Amennakhte Son of Ipuy

Describing Variation Across Late Egyptian Registers

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(p.89) 5 The Scribal Repertoire of Amennakhte Son of Ipuy
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Scribal Repertoires in Egypt from the New Kingdom to the Early Islamic Period
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Stéphane Polis

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198768104.003.0005

This chapter investigates linguistic variation in the texts written by the Deir el-Medina scribe Amennakhte son of Ipuy in New Kingdom Egypt (Twentieth Dynasty; c. 1150 BCE). After a discussion of the challenge posed by the identification of scribes and authors in this sociocultural setting, I provide an overview of the corpus of texts that can tentatively be linked to this individual and justify the selection that has been made for the present study. The core of this paper is then devoted to a multidimensional analysis of Amennakhte’s linguistic registers. By combining the results of this section with a description of Amennakhte’s scribal habits—both at the graphemo-morphological and constructional levels—I test the possibility of using ‘idiolectal’ features to identify the scribe (or the author) of other texts stemming from the community of Deir el-Medina and closely related to Amennakhte.

Keywords:   Twentieth Dynasty, linguistic variation, registers, Late Egyptian, author, Deir el-Medina

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