Exploring the Hieroglyphic Sign After Champollion


  • Nathalie Beaux Chercheur associé au Collège de France


sign analysis, classification, palaeography, effectiveness, performative writing


Through a review of the approaches and achievements of our two hundred years of study into Egyptian hieroglyphic writing, we will first explore the analysis and classification of signs, the list of signs and palaeogra- phies, as well as the relations of the hieroglyphic signs with representation, with an emphasis on the use of the figurative dimension of the sign.We will then study the expedients employed by writing in order to achieve a high degree of effectiveness for the sign: its colour, shape, mobility, smell and combination of different elements or its association with other signs. The question will be asked whether a sign needs to be read or visible in order to be effective. At last, the performative value of Egyptian writing, its origin and its use will bring to light the role that writing indeed plays in maintaining the harmony of creation.



How to Cite

Beaux, N. (2023). Exploring the Hieroglyphic Sign After Champollion. Hieroglyphs, 1, 109–126. Retrieved from http://cipl-cloud37.segi.ulg.ac.be/index.php/hieroglyphs/article/view/2