Write to Dominate Reality: Graphic Alteration of Anthropomorphic Signs in the Pyramid Texts

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The communicative process implies objects, sounds, images and words which can convey ideas and cultural ways of interpreting and representing a society; therefore, many linguistic anthropologists—especially Searle, but also Bauman and Briggs—underline how speech and textual acts are regulated by defined cultural schemes, and how their study cannot exclude analysis of the original context as well as of the specific conventions ruling it. This paper is intended to provide an interpretation of some particular graphic solutions concerning the human determinative occurring in the Pyramid Texts of the Fifth and Sixth Dynasties, and to analyze the possible reasons and underlying anthropological apparatus that led to these choices.

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Iannarilli, F., (2018) “Write to Dominate Reality: Graphic Alteration of Anthropomorphic Signs in the Pyramid Texts”, Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 17(1), p.37-46.

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Francesca Iannarilli (Università Ca’Foscari, Venezia)

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