[N.B. I am now keeping this list up-to-date on my personal website (here). Unfortunately, Blogger did not allow me to edit this list for several months, so I had to make the move.]
Coptic is the final phase of the Ancient Egyptian language which began in the 3rd century. After the Muslim conquest of 642, Sahidic Coptic becomes the nationalistic and religious language of native Egyptians. Several other regional dialects are prominent (Fayumic, Akhmimic, Sub-Akhmimic, Middle Egyptian, etc...). By the 9th century, Coptic is replaced in the documentary papyri by
Listed below are the main internet resources for the Coptic language. If anybody else knows of good ones, please post them and I will update this list.
Nova Sahidica parallel Coptic and Greek Text This includes downloadable and browser viewable versions of the Sahidic and Bohairic texts with Greek interlinear.
Coptic New Testament, lectionary and dictionary CD (All dialects, $50) I have found some minor errors in the Sahidic, but this is largely very reliable and based on the current scholarly editions.
Sahidic New Testament and Nag Hammadi, PHI CD # 7 (free). For scholars only! The search engine for this can cost a ton. I have found that Diogenes works very well and is free. The only problem is that Coptic unicode is still in development, so the Greek letters show up in standard unicode Greek. Email the Packhard Humanities Institute (phi [!at!] packhum.org) for more information.
Logos Sahidica Parallel GNT and dictionary ($89.95). This is on pre-pub. The full cost will be significantly higher.
E-Sword Sahidic New Testament (Free) This is the only resource now available which is in unicode.
Coptic Standard Fonts These fonts have been developed with a universal keyboard so that any font will make sense even if read by another. I have made my own for palaeographic diacritics. Let me know if you want it.
St-Takla.org Coptic Fonts N.B., the password is http://st-takla.org/.
How to enter Coptic Unicode (Donald Mastronarde)
Organizations/WebsitesYahoo - Remenkimi Thread Want to converse in Bohairic with some Orthodox Copts?
Grammar/Learning the Coptic
Ambrose Boles Links Ambrose is training to be a doctor, but has a nice collection of Coptic resources on the web. A couple have been developed by him and are especially useful for the New Testament.
Lance Eccles' Resources Lance has created some wonderful surveys of grammatical forms and construction helpful to the beginner and more advanced student.
CMCL (Corpus of Coptic Literary Manuscripts) This is Tito Orlandi's database of Coptic Literary texts. Subscription costs 180 Euro, but apparently the database holds everything a person could want to read in Coptic.