The name Copt is restricted to the sect which has formed the national Christian Church of Egypt. This article is an attempt to illustrate the main characteristics of the church Coptic as it is uttered in Egypt today.
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The name Copt is restricted at the present day to the Eutychian or Monophysite sect which for centuries has formed the national Christian Church of Egypt. This sect represent the most direct descendants of the ancient Egyptians. There are five dialects of Coptic, however, the present article is only concerned with the Sahidic and the Boheiric. Thus far, it has been customary to regard the modern pronunciation of Coptic in the church services as being merely a slovenly corruption of the original utterances of the languages, and consequently as being of little or no importance from a phonetic point of view. This article is merely an attempt to illustrate the main characteristics of the church Coptic as it is uttered in Egypt today.