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zXAw or sS transliteration for 'scribe' - J.P. Allen's take  

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From: "James P. Allen"
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Subject: AEL zXAw "Scribe"
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 18:14:38 -0500

Thank you for the nice review. I'm glad you find the book useful.
The Egyptian word for "scribe" should be transcribed zXAw rather than
sS. In Coptic the word "write" is sxai and the word "scribe" is sax,
showing that the root was zXA: infinitive *zi-XiA' > sxai, noun of
agent *ziX'-Au > sax (the * means a theoretical reconstruction; the
stressed syllable is marked by ' at its end). The reading sS is based
on two early examples with the phonetic complements z and S, but in
early Egyptian S was used for X (4th h) as well as S, and Coptic
shows that the consonant was X, not S.
James P. Allen, Curator
Department of Egyptian Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art

P.S. Gardiner was a "Sir" but I'm only a plain American "Mr." (or
"Dr." professionally).
https://archive.is/OOgR7#selection-9.8308-9.9208

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