Program: Using Ancient Treebanks: Reports and Dreams

The program for the international workshop “Using Ancient Treebanks: Reports and Dreams” has been published. Registration is free of charge and open to all interested. The workshop is organized by the University of Helsinki Humanities Programme (HUH) and supported by the Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires (ANEE).

Using Ancient Treebanks: Reports and Dreams

September 20–21, 2019
University of Helsinki
Porthania P673 (Yliopistonkatu 3, Helsinki)


Friday, September 20

9:20–9:30 Welcome by Saana Svärd (Helsinki), Director of the Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires

9:30–10:30 Keynote lecture by Joakim Nivre (Uppsala University): Universal Dependencies: A Framework for Morphosyntactic Annotation

10:30–11:00 Coffee Break

11:00–11:45 Steve Tinney (University of Pennsylvania): Oracc Corpora as Language Data

11:45–12:30 Fumi Karahashi (Chuo University): A Failed Attempt to Make a Syntactically Annotated Corpus of Sumerian

12:30–14:00 Lunch Break

14:00–14:45 Veronika Laippala (University of Turku): Combining Machine Learning and Treebanks to Analyze Texts and Other Linguistic Elements – the Good and the Bad Ideas

14:45–15:30 Niek Veldhuis (University of California, Berkeley; University of Helsinki): Akkadian and Sumerian Treebanks: Research Goals

15:30–16:00 Coffee Break

16:00–16:45 Mikko Luukko (University of Helsinki): Towards an Akkadian Treebank with Assyrian Royal Inscriptions

16:45–17:30 Aleksi Sahala (University of Helsinki): Assisting Akkadian Treebanking with a Morphological Analyzer

19:00 Dinner for Workshop Speakers


Saturday, September 21

9:00–9:45 Krister Lindén (University of Helsinki): Annotating Treebanks to Develop Language Technology

9:45–10:45 Marja Vierros & Polina Yordanova (University of Helsinki): Ancient Greek Dependency Treebanking and Fragmentary Papyrus Sources

10:45–11:15 Coffee Break

11:15–12:00 Atro Voutilainen (University of Helsinki): Lessons Learned from Treebanking Finnish

12:00–13:00 Final Discussion


Please register here by Monday, September 16th.

For further information and questions, please contact Mikko Luukko (


Register here by Monday September 16th