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Der ‚Kopf des Beines‘, der ‚Mund der Arme‘ und die ‚Zähne‘ des Schöpfers. Zu metonymischen und metaphorischen Verwendungen von Körperteil-Lexemen im Hieroglyphisch-Ägyptischen

Werning, Daniel A.

In: Wagner, Andreas ; Müller, Katrin (Hrsgg.): Synthetische Körperauffassung im Hebräischen und den Sprachen der Nachbarkulturen. Münster 2014, pp. 107-161 (Alter Orient und Altes Testament ; 416)

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The article surveys and explores the metonymical and metaphorical meanings of the most frequent body part terms in Earlier Egyptian in the framework of Conceptual Metaphor Theory (CMT). Among the body parts discussed more prominently are the mouth, the face, the nose, the feet, the back, the hand(s), the heart, and the tongue (excluded are verbalizations of emotions and gestures). An initial section summarizes the theoretical background. In various sections, the topic of “sleeping” and “waking” metonymies/metaphors and their “awakening,” esp. in images, is addressed (3, 4). In accordance with the overarching question of the collective volume, the question discussed how the reference to body parts of gods should be understood. This is discussed on the basis of a prominent part of the Memphite Theology (Denkmal Memphitischer Theologie), which is analyzed and also presented with linguistic word-by-word glossing (DMT 48-59). The article argues for a metaphorical interpretation of this and other verbalizations of the creation of the world in the Pyramid Texts (creation by words, by masturbation, by spitting, by laughing). A concluding section summarizes phenomena that seem to be (rather than common in many languages) specific to Ancient Egyptian.

Document type: Book Section
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 24 May 2018 08:04
Faculties / Institutes: Research Project, Working Group > Individuals
DDC-classification: Ägypten (Altertum)
Subject (Propylaeum): Egyptology
Controlled Subjects: Altägyptisch, Metapher, Metonymie, Körperteil
Uncontrolled Keywords: Körperteil ; Metonymie ; Metapher ; Metapher, erweckte ; Mund ; Gesicht ; Nase ; Fuß ; Rücken ; Hand ; Herz ; Zunge ; Zähne ; Denkmal memphitischer Theologie ; Wortschöpfung ; Schöpfungsmythen ; Ebenbildlichkeit (von Mensch und Gott); body part term ; metonymy ; metaphor ; waking metaphor ; mouth ; face ; nose ; foot ; back ; hand ; heart ; tongue ; tooth ; Memphite Theology ; creation by word ; creation myth ; theomorphism ; likeness of god and men
Subject (classification): Other Languages
Countries/Regions: Egypt (Antiquity)
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