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13 May 2006

Important notes

What is important for you to know about hieroglyphic writing is that it does not show vowels, so we can only see the consonants written (something like a skeleton of a word).

In the next post, I will show you some of the words that are written only with basic alphabetic signs. Egyptian language also uses bilateral and trilateral signs, which I will mention later on.

As I cannot use hieroglyphic font on this blog you will see MdC format letters used for transliteration (in my tables they are in the last column). MdC is the abbreviation of Manuel de Codage, which is a convention that Egyptologists use to present transliteration with roman/latin letters.

See more on MdC: http://www.catchpenny.org/codage/

If you need transliteration font (second column in the table) you can download it from here: http://213.132.220.88/ccer/apps/glyph_i.zip
(unzip it and put the font file in the following folder: C:\WINDOWS\Fonts)

I will introduce you to some of the programs I use to type hieroglyphs soon.

4 comments:

Razib Ahmed said...

You have a very nice blog here and I wish you every success. Do you know about the writing system of Indus civilization? This is still a mystery and after reserachers can find a way to read them, a new chapter in the world history will open.

Anonymous said...

Hi!

You wrote

"(...)Manuel de Codage, which is a convention that Egyptologists use to present transliteration with simlple English letters..."

This is wrong! It is meant to write in latin/roman letters, not English ones !!

Sorry :(

Carlos
Portugal

nbtau said...

Hey, thanks for nice wishes Razib!Indus Script is very mysterious and interesting and I hope someone will write a blog about it and its process of decipherment!

nbtau said...

I apologize for that mistake Carlos!
It will be corrected

Thanks for noticing!

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