Language, semantics and cognition: Saying and conceptualizing the world from Ancient Egypt to modern
Food and Drink are essential to keep us alive, but they are thousand different ways to consume them. Their In the last forty years, several breakthroughs have been made in applying theoretical frameworks from general linguistics to the study and description of the Egyptian language. One significant landmark was the organization of the first Crossroad(s) conferences in 1986 and 1990, which initiated an ever-growing trend. In the same theme, several studies have shown how valuable the insertion of ancient Egyptian data (and from other ancient languages) can be for the research in general linguistics, but also in cognitive and semiotic/semantic studies. However, the current state of research constitutes only a preliminary glance at what could be done in this research area. These are thus still very new and highly promising directions to investigate, especially with the recent development of digital corpora (on the Egyptological side: Thesaurus Linguae Aegyptiae, Ramses), which considerably ease the access to a large amount of data. These corpora allow for a more precise description of the underlying semantic structures of the Egyptian language as well as for easier and more systematic comparisons between languages.
ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Gaëlle Chantrain (postdoctoral associate and lecturer in Egyptology –Yale University) ; ChantrainJulien Cooper (postdoctoral associate and lecturer in Egyptology –Yale University)