This study is devoted to some synchronic aspects of the sDm.t=f verb form, primarily its meaning and uses in Classical Egyptian. In the introduction some attention is paid to the history of the studies of the form and its origin, an aspect which will receive no further ... View more
1 For a brief survey of the history of scholarly studies of the form in general and their assessment see Satzinger, sDmt.f, JEA 57 (1971), 58-61 and 68-69. For the passive sDm.t=f see Westendorf, Gebrauch Passivs, 111-112.
2 E.g., Erman, Äg. Grammatik, 208-211 (§418-420) under 10.c: the infinitival forms; so also in the earlier editions op.cit.: 18941, 118-121 (§283-291); 19022, 146-148 (§304-308); 19113, 218-221 (§418-421). Although Sethe, Verbum II, 157-160 (§353-357) deals with the form as "substantivized" in an Appendix to the "Tempus sDm-f", see the additions and corrections, op.cit. II, 462 (note §357) for the identification as a feminine infinitive. Gardiner, EG, 316- 322 (§401-409), before Lesson XXVIII introducing the suffix conjugation. De Buck, Grammaire élémentaire, 90-91 (§173-176), together with the infinitive and the complementary infinitive. Lefebvre, GEC, 211-214 (§415-424), between the infinitive and the participles. Edel, AäG, 367-372 (§730-740), together with the infinitive, the complementary infinitive and the negative complement.
4 Junge, Syntax mitteläg. Literatursprache; id., Emphasis, 33 contains only a marginal reference to the form.
5 Westendorf, Gramm. med. T., 194-195 (§267); followed by Polotsky (see my note 3).
6 Vernus, Future at Issue. To judge from the introductory words about the difference between grammaticalization of the future in verb forms and future/prospectivity as a contextual feature, an assessment of the sDm.t=f in this light should have been obvious, given Westendorf's suggestion.
7 Personal communication by Reintges. For an adapted version of ch. 3 of his forthcoming dissertation Passive Voice in Older Egyptian see id., sDm-tw-f, GM 153 (1996), 79-99.
8 Not seen by me is a thesis on the sDm.t=f by Depuydt, ref. Vernus, Études III, RdE 35 (1984), 185, n.162.
9 Satzinger, sDmt.f, JEA 57 (1971), 58-69. The reaction of Junge, sDm.t.f, GM 1 (1972), 32-34 was more concerned with matters of the terminology used by Satzinger than with the form; also, in Satzinger's reaction, Rund um sDm.t.f, GM 27 (1978), 45-49 the verb form played only a background role.