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KELLIA / dictionary

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The dictionary comprised of the XML Coptic lexicon created by the BBAW and interface by Coptic SCRIPTORIUM. Currently deployed at

Lexicon data licensed CC BY-SA 4.0, software under the Apache 2.0 license ( (see below)

The virtual keyboard component on the search page is available under a BSD License - HTML Virtual Keyboard Interface Script (

Lexicon preparation

The new Comprehensive Coptic Lexicon is a combination of two parts: the BBAW Lexicon of Coptic Egyptian of the project Strukturen und Transformationen des Wortschatzes der ägyptischen Sprache at the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin, Germany, which includes etymologically Egyptian lexemes of Coptic, and the DDGLC Lexicon of Greek Loanwords in Coptic of the project Database and Dictionary of Greek Loanwords in Coptic at the Ägyptologisches Seminar, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Both projects are led by Prof. Tonio Sebastian Richter. The following people mainly contributed to compiling the lexical data:

  • Dylan M. Burns (DDGLC)
  • Frank Feder (BBAW, AdWG)
  • Katrin John (DDGLC)
  • Maxim Kupreyev (BBAW)


  • Mathew Almond, Marc Brose, Sonja Dahlgren, Julien Delhez, Anne Grons, Joost Hagen, Jakob Höper, Mariana Jung, Elisabeth Koch, Lena Krastel, Frederic Krueger, Jan Moje, Franziska Naether, Anne Sörgel, Nina Speranskaja, Gunnar Sperveslage, Vincent Walter, Alberto Winterberg.

Each lexicon entry has a stable Thesaurus Linguae Aegyptiae (TLA) ID no.

TEI XML compliant data files of the lexica are published under a CC BY-SA 4.0 Int. license at DOI 10.17169/refubium-2333.

Search interface

The search interface was designed at Georgetown University as part of the project KELLIA by:

  • Emma Manning
  • Amir Zeldes

Code for the interface is made available under the Apache software license, version 2.0 (


Funding agencies


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