Akkadian Treebank for early Neo-Assyrian Royal Inscriptions

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Abstract

This paper presents the first proper syntactic treebank for Akkadian, an ancient Semitic language which can only be reconstructed from its textual data. We introduce our corpus of early Neo-Assyrian royal inscriptions, present some typical syntactic constructions of this genre and dis-cuss the morphological and syntactic choices we have made. For developing a gold standard for morphological annotations, we tested the manually annotated material against BabyFST, a mor-phological analyzer of Akkadian. We also tested the reproducibility of the syntactic annotations using the TurkuNLP neural parser.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Workshop on Treebanks and Linguistic Theories
EditorsKilian Evang, Laura Kallmeyer, Rafael Ehren, Simon Petitjean, Esther Seyffarth, Djamé Seddah
Number of pages11
Place of PublicationStroudsburg
PublisherThe Association for Computational Linguistics
Publication date27 Oct 2020
Pages124-134
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-952148-01-9
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventInternational Workshop on Treebanks and Linguistic Theories - [Online-only event]
Duration: 27 Oct 202028 Oct 2020
Conference number: 19
https://tlt2020.phil.hhu.de/

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