Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

Sami Uljas

Phone: 018-471 2079

Senior lecturer in Egyptology

I graduated with a BA in Egyptology, MA in archaeology, and a PhD in Egyptology from Liverpool University, where I gained my first experience in teaching the subject. Afterwards I took up a Post-doctoral Fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge, and besides teaching at Cambridge University, I worked as a teacher and researcher in Egyptology also at the universities of Basel and Copenhagen. I arrived in Uppsala as a Senior Lecturer in late 2012 and have been teaching and doing research here since then. I also hold a personal docentship at Helsinki University, where I also teach and supervise students from time to time, as well as act as an external examiner for Copenhagen and Liverpool Universities.

I am currently the responsible lecturer for the subject of Egyptology at Uppsala, where I teach modules on Egyptian language and literature as well as history and supervise students working on their Bachelor’s theses etc. I am also the Director of Studies for PhD students.

My research focuses primarily on Egyptian-Coptic linguistics and philology. I carry out investigation on the morpho-syntax, semantics, pragmatics, typology, as well as cognitive and functional aspects of all the historical stages of the Egyptian language. I am also interested in the study of diachrony, methodology, and the history of Egyptological linguistic research. My more specifically philological work focuses on editing and publishing Coptic literary manuscripts (particularly hagiographic, martyrological, and Biblical texts) as well as on the study of what these texts reveal of the history of Late Antique and Byzantine Egypt and of early Christianity.

My ongoing research projects include Basel Diachronic Grammar carried out in cooperation with researchers from Switzerland, Belgium, and Israel. This project aims at producing a series of diachronic studies of various areas of Egyptian–Coptic grammar for typologists and Egyptologists alike. The first volume in the series, Non-Verbal Predication in Ancient Egyptian will appear in 2017. The project Martyrs and Archangels is also carried out in cooperation with a colleague in Switzerland and aims at producing a series of editions of Coptic literary works, beginning in 2017 with a publication of a set of martyrological and encomiastic texts from the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York. My other long-term work in progress includes writing a monograph on the pragmatic organisation of the basic sentence patterns in Earlier Egyptian as well as edition of various (existing and lost!) Coptic manuscripts in various European collections.

My recent publications (since 2010) include the following:

2016  ‘On adjunct clause positioning in Earlier Egyptian’, to appear in Revue d’Egyptologie 67.

2016  ‘Where to stick an adverbial in Earlier Egyptian’, to appear in F. Kammerzell, S. Richter & D. Werning (eds.), Crossroads V. Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Egyptian Grammar. Widmaier Verlag: Hamburg.

2016  ‘A preliminary report on the edition project “Martyrs and Archangels. Five Coptic Texts from the Pierpont Morgan Library’”, in Buzi, P., A. Camplani & F. Contardi (eds), Coptic Society, Literature and Religion from Late Antiquity to Modern Times. Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference of Coptic Studies, Rome, September 17th– 22th, 2012 and Plenary Reports of the Ninth International Congress of Coptic Studies, Cairo, September 15th–19th, 2008, vol. II. Peeters: Leuven/Paris/Bristol, CT; Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 247, 1147–52.

2016 ‘“He almost heard”: a case study of diachronic reanalysis in Coptic syntax’ (with M. Müller), in P. Collombert, D. Lefèvre, S. Polis & J. Winand (eds.), Aere Perennius. Mélanges égyptologiques en d’honneur de Pascal Vernus. Peeters: Leuven; Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 242, 465–92.

2016  ‘To see an invisible form. Parallels, paradigms, and practises once again’, in J. Allen, M. Collier & A. Stauder (eds), Coping with Obscurity: The Brown Workshop on Earlier Egyptian Grammar. Lockwood Press: Atlanta; Wilbour Studies in Egyptology and Assyriology 4, 98–107.

2015  Fuzzy Boundaries. Festschrift für Antonio Loprieno. 2 vols. Hamburg: Widmaier Verlag (with A. Amstutz, A. Dorn, M. Müller & M. Ronsdorf).

2015  ‘What is and what is not: a very brief note on relative adjectives and negations in Earlier Egyptian’, Lingua Aegyptia 23, 283–88.

2015  ‘On the formal typology of Earlier Egyptian negations’, to appear in E. Grossman, E. Oréal, S. Polis & J. Winand (eds.), Negation in Ancient Egyptian.

2015  ‘Possessive and existential constructions in Earlier Egyptian’, to appear in S. Polis, E. Grossman & J. Winand (eds), Possession in Egyptian-Coptic. Liège.

2015  ‘Illocution and speaker intent in Coptic: the case of “autofocal” second tenses’, Zeitschrift für Ägyptischen Sprache und Altertumskunde 142, 201–16.

2015  ‘Lost Coptic manuscripts in the British Library I: “The Acts of Stephen”’, Journal of Coptic Studies 17, 165–213.

2015  ‘The results are unclear. A note on clauses of result in Earlier Egyptian’, in A. Amstutz, A. Dorn, M. Müller, M. Ronsdorf & S. Uljas (eds.), Fuzzy Boundaries. Festschrift für Antonio Loprieno. Hamburg: Widmaier Verlag, 277–87.

2015  ‘An unattested section of the Fayyumic New Testament’, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 194, 68–72.

2014  ‘Various sorts of nothing: a typology of ellipsis in Earlier Egyptian’, Lingua Aegyptia 22, 215–30.

2014  ‘St Orsunuphios and friends: resurrecting a lost Coptic martyrdom’, Göttinger Miszellen 243, 49–54.

2014  ‘On Earlier Egyptian control constructions”, in S. Polis, E. Grossman, A. Stauder & J. Winand (eds), On Forms and Functions. Studies in Ancient Egyptian Grammar. Hamburg: Widmaier Verlag; Lingua Aegyptia Studia Monographica 15, 233–256.

2014  Review of R.A. Díaz Hernández 2013, Tradition und Innovation in der offiziellen Sprache des Mittleren Reiches, Lingua Aegyptia 22, 343–48.

2014  Review of M. Brose 2013, Grammatik der dokumentarischen Texte des Mittleren Reiches, to appear in Journal of Egyptian Archaeology.

2014 ‘Aarteita ullakolla. Kolme kadonnutta koptilaista tekstiä’, Kirjuri 1/2014, 1–6.

2013  ‘A traitor or a thief? Teti son of Minhetep’s crime once again’, Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur 42, 357–64.

2013 ‘Some remarks on a negated Earlier Egyptian nominal sentence and related constructions’, Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 99, 241–51.

2012 ‘Agreement domains and resumption in Earlier Egyptian’, Zeitschrift für Ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde 140, 78–83.

2012  ‘Begging the question. Earlier Egyptian wh-questions and the marking of information structure’, Lingua Aegyptia 20, 253–66.

2012 ‘Linguistic consciousness’, in J. Stauder-Porchet, A. Stauder & W. Wendrich (eds), UCLA Encyclopaedia of Egyptology. Los Angeles:

2012  Review of J. Borghouts 2010 Egyptian. An Introduction to the Writing and Language of the Middle Kingdom, Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 98, 336–41.

2012 ‘On adverbial ante-position and operator scope in Coptic’, Zeitschrift für Ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde 139, 93–102.

2011 ‘A fragment of the Life of Moses of Abydos in the British Library’, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 179, 117–22.

2011 ‘Syncretism and the Earlier Egyptian sDm=f. Speculations on morphological interconnections across paradigms’, Lingua Aegyptia 19, 155–74.

2011  ‘A Sahidic leaf of the Gospel of John in Trinity College, Cambridge’, Göttinger Miszellen 228, 93–100.

2011 ‘The IFAO leaves of the Life of Moses of Abydos’, Orientalia  80, 373–422.

2011  ‘The Cambridge leaves of the Life of Moses of Abydos’, Le Muséon 125, 1–33.

2010 ‘Formally Speaking: observations on a recent theory of the Earlier Egyptian sDm.n=f’, Lingua Aegyptia 18, 253–61.

2010 ‘A leaf of the Coptic Martyrdom of Ptolemy in Cambridge’, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 178, 179–84.

2010  ‘Archaeology of language. A case study from Middle Kingdom/Second Intermediate Period Egypt and Nubia’, Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur 39, 373–82.

2010  ‘A hitherto unattested section of Sahidic Old Testament’, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 173, 63–65.

2010 ‘A lexicographic note on an Egyptian crocodile spell’, Göttinger Miszellen 226, 101–07.

2010  ‘Grammar as a mirror of mind: more on fuzzy boundaries in Egyptian syntax’, Göttinger Miszellen 224, 93–100.