BowPed TRPS Data | Edition Topoi


LB Ägyptologie und Archäologie NO-Afrikas, Institut für Archäologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Excellence Cluster Topoi EXC 264, Research Group C-I-1


Topological Relations Picture Series, TRPS, BowPed, Arabic, Tunisian, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Egyptian (Ancient)




BowPed TRPS Data, 2016, Daniel A. Werning, Edition Topoi, DOI: 10.17171/2-5


Based on Bowerman & Pederson’s Topological Relations Picture Series (TRPS), the author has researched the semantic space of static spatial prepositions of Hieroglyphic Ancient Egyptian (Egyptian, Afro-Asiatic), Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. This repository publication publishes the raw data. An interpretation of the data is published in:
a) Werning, Daniel A. 2014. The Semantic Space of Static Spatial Prepositions in Hieroglyphic Ancient Egyptian. A comparison with nine Indo-European and Afro-Asiatic languages based on the Topological Relations Picture Series, in: Silvia Kutscher & Daniel A. Werning (eds.), On Ancient Grammars of Space. Linguistic Research on the Expression of Spatial Relations and Motion in Ancient Languages, Topoi. Berlin Studies of the Ancient World 19, Berlin 2014: De Gruyter, p. 195-325, Open Access, DOI: 10.1515/9783110311358.195.

b) Werning, Daniel A. 2012. Ancient Egyptian Prepositions for the Expression of Spatial Relations and their Translations. A typological approach, in: Eitan Grossmann, Stéphane Polis & Jean Winand (eds.), Lexical Semantics in Ancient Egyptian, Lingua Aegyptia. Studia Monographica 9, Hamburg 2012: Kai Widmaier, p. 293-346.


This data collection consists of PDF print-outs of the raw Topological Relations Picture Series (TRPS) data on the modern languages (Tunisian) Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. The data was collected mostly by the way of questionnaires (PPT or PDF) between 2009 and early 2011. The questionnaires are also included in the collection.

The call for data was distributed via academic mailing lists, especially via the Egyptologists’ Electronic Forum. Personal names and e-mail addresses have been deleted from the PDF files.

A description of the research method may be found in Werning (2014: 197-203, DOI: 10.1515/9783110311358.195). In addition, the data collection contains a TIF image of the revised fixed array of TRPS images as found in Werning (2014: 220, fig. 2) as a raw version without indication of any spaces.

Further information

The Topological Relations Picture Series may be downloaded from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen:

Research Group

Daniel A. Werning

Conditions for Use

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