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.
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Coptic, Bohairic, Linguistic authenticity, Language revitalization
Level of Degree
Department of Linguistics
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Second Committee Member
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Toomey, Jeremy. "Modern Spoken Coptic and Community Negotiation of Linguistic Authenticity." (2015). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/ling_etds/36