Paper: Contents Modelling of Neo-Sumerian Ur III Economic Text Corpus

ACL ID C08-1047
Title Contents Modelling of Neo-Sumerian Ur III Economic Text Corpus
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2008
Authors

This paper describes a system for process- ing economic documents written in the an- cient Sumerian language. The system is application-oriented and takes advantage of the simplicity of ancient economy. We have developed an ontology for a selected branch of economic activities. We trans- late the documents into a meaning repre- sentation language by means of a semantic grammar. The meaning representation lan- guage is constructed in a way that allows us to handle massive ambiguity caused by: the specifics of the Sumerian writing sys- tem (signs’ polyvalence, lack of mid-word signs), our incomplete knowledge of the Sumerian language and frequent damages of documents. The system is augmented with the capability of processing docu- ments whose parts describe concepts not included in the ont...