The Canadian Society for Coptic Studies presents a public lecture on the Coptic language: "The epic of Coptic linguistics: A brief personal view", by emeritus professor Ariel Shisha-Halevy of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
This talk will place on Thursday March 12, from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM, in room 214 of 4 Bancroft Avenue.
In this conversational lecture, I wish to share with you some descriptive, biographical and historical highlights of this extraordinary language, in its two major aspects, namely the 'latest Egyptian' phase, and (which is somewhat intangible) as a special language type. The former is briefly addressed, with the regrettable present-day rift between Coptic and Egyptian. The peculiarities of the latter are illustrated by converters, converbs, zero article, subject position, Nominal and Cleft Sentences. Finally, and time permitting, some dialectological observations are made.