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Thursday, November 08, 2007

B LAYTON, Coptic in 20 Lessons: Introduction to Sahidic Coptic With Exercises and Vocabularies

Coptic in 20 Lessons: Introduction to Sahidic Coptic With Exercises and Vocabularies
by Bentley Layton

Coptic in 20 Lessons is written by the author of the most authoritative reference grammar of the Coptic language, and is based on decades of pedagogical experience. In easy steps and simple explanations, it teaches the patterns and syntax of Sahidic Coptic, along with the most useful vocabulary. Drills, compositions, and translation exercises enable the student to gain fluency. All words that occur more than fifty times in the Sahidic New Testament are introduced lesson by lesson in vocabulary lists, which are arranged by semantic field and accompanied by both Greek equivalents and English glosses. The book concludes with three chapters of the Gospel of Mark, in which all new vocabulary is glossed in footnotes. Coptic in 20 Lessons is the ideal resource for use in the classroom or for teaching oneself Coptic. 210p (Peeters 2007)

Table of Contents
Foreword; 1. Coptic: The Alphabet. Regular Replacements. Simplifications. Abbreviations;
2. Articles and What They Express. Noun. Proper Noun. Omission of Article. Article Phrase. ’And’, ‘Or’, and ’Of’;
3. Possessive Article. Simple Nominal Sentence;
4. Adjective. Attributive Construction. Adjectival Predicate;
5. Nominal Sentences with Three Members; 6. Specifiers. Cardinal and Ordinal Numbers;
7. Preposition. Personal Suffixes. Possessed Noun. Compound Preposition. Combinative Adverb;
8. Possessive Pronoun. Survey of Articles and Pronouns; 9. Durative Sentence. Infinitive and Stative. Adjectival Meaning. Comparative and Superlative. Direct Object. Additional Predicate after a Direct Object. Ingressive;
10. Non-durative Conjugation: Main Clause Conjugation Bases. ’To Be’ in Coptic;
11. Bound States of the Infinitive. Direct Object Constructions. Compound Infinitives. Imperative. Vocative; 12. Non-durative Conjugation: Subordinate Clause Conjugation Bases. Inflected Modifier. Some Stylistic Devices; 13. Causative Infinitive. Verboids. ’To Have’. Dynamic Passive; 14. Impersonal Predicates. The Four Conversions. Preterit Conversion. How Conversion Works; 15. Asyndetic Connection of Clauses. Adverb. Circumstantial Conversion; 16. Relative Conversion; 17. Relative Conversion (Continued); 18. Focalizing Conversion; 19. Cleft Sentence. Reported Discourse and Thought; 20. Conditional Sentences. Purpose and Result. Correlated Comparison; Chrestomathy: The Gospel of Mark, Chapters One to Three; Reference List of Coptic Forms; Subject Index.