Creating Tools for Morphological Analysis of Sumerian

Valentin Tablan, Wim Peters, Diana Maynard, Hamish Cunningham


Abstract
Sumerian is a long-extinct language documented throughout the ancient MiddleEast, arguably the first language for which we have written evidence, and is a language isolate (i.e. no related languages have so far been identified). The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature (ETCSL), based at theUniversity of Oxford, aims to make accessible on the web over 350 literary workscomposed during the late third and early second millennia BCE. The transliterations and translations can be searched, browsed and read online using the tools of the website. In this paper we describe the creation of linguistic analysis and corpus search tools for Sumerian, as part of the development of the ETCSL. This is designed to enable Sumerian scholars, students and interested laymen to analyse the texts online and electronically, and to further knowledge about the language.
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Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC’06)
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May
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2006
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Genoa, Italy
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European Language Resources Association (ELRA)
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