Dr. Daniel A. Werning
Daniel Werning has an education in Egyptology, General Linguistics and Computer Sciences. The subject of his dissertation was the textual history and the textual grammar of an Egyptian Netherworld Book, the Book of Caverns.
In Topoi I, he researched the semantic space of spatial prepositions in Ancient Egyptian from a typological perspective, comparing it with the corresponding semantic spaces in English, German, Russian, French, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, and – in cooperation with Dr. Ulrike Steinert – in Akkadian (see this feature; publication A, publication B).
In Topoi II, he is scientific Coordinator of Topoi Lab, Area C (Perception and Representation). In this context, he also executes a research project on the diagrammatic representations of space and time as we find them in the Ancient Egyptian treatments of the imaginary realm of the netherworld from the Egyptian New Kingdom (Netherworld Books; later 2nd mill. BCE).
Main Research interests: Ancient Egyptian Grammar, Hieroglyphic writing system, Language typology, Construction Grammar, Spatial linguistics; Textual criticism; Egyptian Netherworld Books, Theology of the Egyptian New Kingdom.


Researcher and coordinator Topoi Lab, Area C.

Co-Coordinator Key Topic Mapping (together with Klaus Geus)


Further Activities


2016 Digital Encoding of Hieroglyphic-Egyptian Text Artefacts according to the Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines (TEI XML). Introduction & hands-on workshop  (Workshop “First Egyptology Meets IT Workshop”, Göttingen, 18. November 2016)
2015 Workshop Konzeptuelle Metaphern-Theorie, Institut für Bibelwissenschaft, Universität Bern, 28. Jan. 2015


2016 The Representation of Space and Event Sequence in the Netherworld Books of the New Kingdom, Conference Time and Space in Ancient Egypt, Louvain-la-Neuve, 9–11 June 2016
2016 Towards Guidelines for TEI Encoding of Text Artefacts in Egyptology, Workshop ‘Epigraphy Edit-a-thon. Editing chronological and geographic data in ancient inscriptions ‘, Leipzig, Germany, April 20-22, 2016
2015 Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts: Parameters for a Potential TEI XML Encoding, Workshop ‘Digital Epigraphy: The Use of TEI XML and Epidoc for Studying Non‐Alphabetic Writing Systems’, Bonn, Germany, 5-6 October 2015
2014 Observations on negation in Égyptien de tradition, Conference ‘Negation in Ancient Egyptian’, 11–13 December 2014, LLACAN, Paris
2014 Pragmatic aspects of phonographic and semographic spelling in (cursive) Hieroglyphic-Egyptian texts, Workshop ‛Reading and Readability in Complex Writing Systems: Phonography – Logography – Visual Density’, eikones, Basel, 25./26. Mai 2014
2013 Tatsachen und sprachliche Variabilität der Darstellung: Zur Versprachlichung räumlicher Tatsachen mit Präpositionen [= On linguistic representation of spacial facts with prepositions], Topoi-Jahrestagung ‘Wissen’, EXC Topoi, Berlin, 14. November 2013.
Das Höhlenbuch. Eine wissenschaftliche Theologie der Unterwelt aus der Ramessidenzeit [= The Book of Caverns. A scientific theology of the Netherworld from the Ramesside period], Gastvortragsreihe ‘Einblicke mit Tiefgang’, Ägyptologisches Institut, Universität Leipzig, 11. Juli 2013.
Reproduktive und kreative Aspekte der Rezeption der ägyptischen Jenseitskosmographien des Neuen Reichs im 2. und 1. Jahrtausend v.Chr. [= Reproductive and creative aspects of the reception of the Egyptian Netherworld Book of the New Kingdom in the 2nd and 1st millennia BCE], Workshop ‘Überlieferungsformen von Text und Bild im Alten Ägypten’, SFB 980 ‘Episteme in Bewegung’, 5.-6. Juli 2013, FU Berlin
Observations on the (Re)productive Textual Tradition of some Netherworld Books, Conference “(Re)productive traditions in Ancient Egypt’, Feb 6-8, 2013, Liège (Belgium)
2012 The reception of the New Kingdom Book of Caverns in the 7th and 4th centuries BCE, Conference ‘Thebes in the First Millennium BC’, October 1-4, 2012, South Asasif Conservation Project, Luxor (Egypt)
Zu metonymischen und metaphorischen Verwendungen von Körperteil-Lexemen in der ägyptischen Sprache und Ikonographie [= On metonymic an metaphoric uses of body part terms in the Egyptian language and iconography], Workshop ‘The Body – Körperbilder und Körperkonzepte in den alten Kulturen’, 23. August 2012, Topoi, CSG V, Berlin
2011 Körperteilbezeichnungen im Hieroglyphisch-Ägyptischen und ihre metaphorische Verwendung für Raum und Funktion [= Body part terms in Ancient Egyptian and their metaphorical use for space and function], Symposium ‘Synthetische Körperauffassungen’, DFG-Projekt “Stabilitas Dei”, 17./18. Juni 2011, TU Darmstadt)
2010 (together with Camilla Di Biase-Dyson:) Ancient Egyptian Spatial Prepositions. Tracking the Interaction of Diachrony and Register, 32nd Annual Int. Conference of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS), AG3: Conceptualization of Space, Berlin, Germany
Diagrammatische Bilder im altägyptischen “Höhlenbuch’, Meeting Diagrammatik-AG, Research group D-III-1, Topoi, July 13, 2010, FU Berlin
2009 The Semantic Space of Basic Spatial Prepositions in Ancient Egyptian, Workshop on Lexical Semantics in Ancient Egyptian, Liège, Belgium.
2008 (together with Cyril Brosch and Ulrike Steinert:) Körperteilbezeichnungen und Ausdrücke für Grunddimensionen in vorderasiatischen und altorientalischen Sprachen [Body Part Terms and Basic Spatial Terms in Languages of the Near East],Workshop of the Excellence Cluster Topoi, Research Group C-I-1: The conception of spaces in language, Berlin, Germany.

further Presentations

 A detailed list can be found at Daniel Werning’s website at the Humboldt University



2016–… Projekt ‘Ägyptische Mytheme im Kontext von Unterwelts- und Himmelsreisen’ (Ext. Mitglied der DFG Forschergruppe 2064: Stratifikationsanalysen mythischer Stoffe und Texte in der Antike , Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)
2014-2016 DAAD IKYDA project Motion verbs in Ancient Greek and Ancient Egyptian: A diachronic study on the linguistic, cognitive and cultural encoding of space (Prof. Dr. Frank Kammerzell, HU Berlin; Thanasis Georgakopoulos, Berlin; Prof. Dr. Kiki Nikiforidou, University Athens)
2012–… Archaeological Mission to Theban Tomb 33 (TT33) of Petamenophis (Prof. Dr. Claude Traunecker, Dr. Isabelle Regen).



2014–2015 Lab D: Der Wandel von Begriffen und Theorien in Rezeption und Übersetzung (Member)
2014–2015 KT Transformation/KT Mapping/Lab B/Lab C: Übersetzung zwischen Mapping und Transformation (Co-Organizer)
2013–2014 C-1: Mapping Language: Vizualizing the meaning of words (Co-Organizer)
2013–2014 C-2: Metaphors and Related Tropes (Member)
2013–2014 KT Transformation: Transformationen von Wissen (Member)
2013 C-1: Issues in Cognitive Linguistics (Member)
2008–2010 C-I-1: Spaces in Language (Member)