I found a set of linguistics puzzles on the web, which I’ve had a good time working my way through. Some of the later puzzles don’t have any available solutions, so I’m going to reduplicate one puzzle with its solution as well as the way I worked out the solution.
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Ancient Egyptian branches off a language family known as Afro-Asiatic. Egyptian has no close relatives within this family because it forms its own branch, but its Afro-Asiatic membership explains some basic grammatical functions it shares with other languages like Modern Arabic and Hebrew. Egyptian changed a lot from when the first hieroglyphics were created (around 3100 BCE) until the language’s death. It is divided into two forms each form is further divided into three stages. The first form spanned 3000 to 1300 BCE divided into Old, Middle and Late Middle Egyptian. The second form lasted until1500 CE, divided chronologically into Late Egyptian, Demotic, and finally Coptic. This post is about reading hieroglyphics from the language’s first form.