Linguistics ETDs

Author

Jeremy Toomey

Publication Date

5-1-2015

Abstract

The pronunciation of the Coptic language in the liturgies of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria according to the Greco-Bohairic and Old Bohairic pronunciation standards is investigated, together with the sociolinguistic narratives constructed by two Coptic communities surrounding the use of either standard. Field recordings of the liturgy as recited according to both standards are analyzed in order to describe the phonology of the standards, and interviews with users of both standards are analyzed in order to describe the language attitudes of the users of the language. Points of similarity and difference between the narratives constructed by users of the Greco-Bohairic and the Old Bohairic standards are investigated, and the relevance and application of this data to the question of Coptic language revival is explored.

Language

English

Keywords

Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Coptic, Bohairic, Linguistic authenticity, Language revitalization

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Linguistics

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

Department of Linguistics

First Advisor

Koops, Chris

First Committee Member (Chair)

Koops, Chris

Second Committee Member

Jacobson, Holly

Third Committee Member

Shin, Naomi

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