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Bulletin de l’Institut français d’archéologie orientale 104
2004 IFAO
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Une formation de noms d’animaux (ABCC) en égyptien ancien.

It is well known that the ancient Egyptian lexicon shows structural patterns very close to those of Semitic languages, at least as much as derivation processes (prefixation, suffixation, -reduplication) are concerned. A specific type of reduplication (ABCC) has been used in Egyptian to build a significant number of animal names, as pȝgg.t, frog, ḥfrr, tadpole, ḥdqq.w, rats, or ḫprr, beetle. Gathering about thirty attestations of this specific pattern, which conveys a diminutive / pejorative meaning, we can get arguments to rebuild the vocalic structure as AaBCáC-aw (masc.), AaBCá (fem.). For this Egyptian pattern, the Accadian ’dmm, wasp, or kulbābu, ant, offer convincing Semitic counterparts.

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