Antti Aleksi Sahala

Antti Aleksi Sahala
University of Helsinki | HY · Department of Modern Languages

Doctor of Philosophy


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A. Sahala currently works at the Department of Modern Languages, University of Helsinki. He does research in Morphology, Computational Linguistics and Historical Linguistics. Their most recent publication is 'Aššur and His Friends: A Statistical Analysis of Neo-Assyrian Texts'.
Additional affiliations
August 2013 - present
University of Helsinki
  • Lecturer
  • Basic and advanced courses on Sumerian language


Publications (9)
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Akkadian is a fairly well resourced extinct language that does not yet have a comprehensive morphological analyzer available. In this paper we describe a general finite-state based morphological model for Babylonian, a southern dialect of the Akkadian language, that can achieve a coverage up to 97.3% and recall up to 93.7% on lemmatization and POS-...
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This thesis explores the use of Natural Language Processing (NLP) on the Akkadian language documented from 2400 BCE to 100 CE. The methods and tools proposed in this thesis aim to fill the gaps left in previous research in Computational Assyriology, contributing to the transformation of transliterated cuneiform tablets into richly annotated text co...
Historical scholarship is currently undergoing a digital turn. All historians have experienced this change in one way or another, by writing on word processors, applying quantitative methods on digitalized source materials, or using internet resources and digital tools. Digital Histories showcases this emerging wave of digital history research. It...
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Akkadian was an East-Semitic language spoken in ancient Mesopotamia. The language is attested on hundreds of thousands of cuneiform clay tablets. Several Akkadian text corpora contain only the transliterated text. In this paper, we investigate automated phonological transcription of the transliterated corpora. The phonological transcription provide...


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