im new to the conlang listserv, but i saw ancient egyptian and thought i'd
put out what is "known" about it.
ancient egyptian is primarily VSO, lacks a 'to be' verb, and
has an abjad writing system with the following consonants (followed by
a English approx. and description of the hieroglyphs):
b Bed foot
p Pet square
f Feel viper
m Moon owl
squiggle (sorry for the highly technical terms)
h Hat spiral
w/ right angles
h! aHa! "twisty"
(Scotch) placenta (most Egyptologists not sure;
circle with lines through it)
h_ iCH (German) animal
s Saw doorbolt
S SHow pool
K Key hill
k basKet basket
t_ CHurch rope
d_ aDJust snake
i In leaf
ee y 2
A cAr arm
oo w quail
most of the vowels are unknown so Egyptologists generally insert an 'e'
(bEt) sound where absolutely necessary so that we can "speak" it. there are some
biliterals and trileiterals which are too numerous to discuss, an example
of one being the popular 'ankh' (a cross with an oval at the top) being a
triliteral of 'A'+'n'+'H'. search google for 'hieroglyphs' and you'll
probably find about a million sights with more valuable info. Some words I
to (prep): n (en)
many: ASa (asha - the first 'a'
being more gutteral)
woman: Hmt (hemt - the 'h' being like in
breathe: nSp (neshp)
darkness: kkwy (kekooee)
btw, Tutankhamen's name is properly transcribed: /twtanH imnn/ ['twtankh'
being his name / 'imnn' being his title (it means 'Lord' approx.)] pronounced
Tutankh Im?n?n (the question mark being an unkown vowel)
Again, there are sites and books with a much larger vocabulary and more
information which i highly recommend.