My name is Dan Potter,( Daniel M Potter when it comes to publications) I am currently researching at the University of Liverpool for a PhD in Egyptology.
My research is focussed on how individuals lexicalised their beliefs about divine interaction in the New Kingdom. I have gathered a wide set of Late Egyptian examples in which this interaction is discussed, in order to assess these examples I am in the process of analysing the constructions and language used so as to elucidate the thought processes behind them. This research is based upon the axiom of Unversality present within Pragmatics (specifically within Implicature). It is my opinion that as human thought processes have not altered radically within the last two thousand years, then the lexicalisation of ideas within Ancient Egyptian sources may be analysed successfully using modern methodologies; such as implicature, deixis, metaphor theory, image shemata and other socio-linguistic methods. This has already been illustrated well in the work of Groll, Collier, Sweeney and Nyord to mention only a few.
As I write this, I am currently focussed on intances referring to “the hand of god” within New Kingdom, Late Egyptian sources. From the results gathered so far, I am investigating to what extent, if at all, a.wy and Drt may be said to be synoyms as they have been viewed as by previous scholars.
I completed my BA and MA at Liverpool focussing on the application of modern grammatical and linguistic theory to personal piety material . In the rest of my time, I work at an award-winning restaurant in Liverpool city centre called Lunya , I enjoy running and also volunteer in a number of Egyptological projects within the University and National Museums Liverpool.
And why Petrie’s Sardines? This comes from the story related to a number of Egyptologists about the frugal habits of Sir Flinders Petrie, who, it appears was in the habit of burying the tinned supplies from one dig season and returning to them in the next. He would then throw the tins against a wall or rock, if they did not break open, then they were good to eat.
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