Friday, April 13 –
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, RI Hall 108, 60 George Street, Providence, RI 02912
If you would like to attend this event, we would appreciate it if you registered for the workshop by sending an email with your name and dietary restrictions to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 10, 2018 at the latest.
Rethinking the Origins: the Departure of Ancient Egyptian as a Branch from the Afroasiatic Family is a workshop that seeks to gather world-leading experts on the Ancient Egyptian, Semitic and other Afroasiatic languages, as well as historical linguists in order to discuss an issue that has never been properly addressed in such an interdisciplinary environment: the real position of ancient Egyptian in the Afroasiatic language family. The workshop aims to explore language-specific questions from a phonological, lexical, and morpho-syntactic point of view in order to engage scholars in a linguistic debate on the origins of the earliest codified languages of Africa and the Near East. The main research question concerns the necessity for a new internal classification of the Afroasiatic languages with respect to the position of ancient Egyptian inside this family. In fact, could Pre-Egyptian be the sister, rather than a daughter, of the Proto-Afroasiatic language?
The Department of Egyptology and Assyriology at Brown University is proud to co-sponsor Rethinking the Origins workshop with the Department of Early Cultures, the Department of Classics, the Department of Middle East Studies, the Cogut Institute for the Humanities, the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), and ARCE New England. The main organizers of the workshop are Silvia Štubňová (email@example.com) and Victoria Almansa-Villatoro (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please send any inquiries directly to them.