DH Forum

DH Forum, Friday, November 10
Joseph Regenstein Library, Room 122B


"Corpus-Based Analyses of Western Peripheral Akkadian in the OCHRE Database Environment"
Colton Siegmund
Graduate Student in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago


When the Akkadian language and writing system were used outside of Mesopotamia, as was the case at Late Bronze Age Ras Shamra-Ugarit (c. 1200 BCE), we may observe some "irregularities." Using the Online Cultural and Historical Research Environment (OCHRE), I plan to demonstrate how the Akkadian epistolary texts from Ras Shamra constitute an ideal corpus for examining the orthographic “irregularities” of Akkadian from Ras Shamra. I will also present other cuneiform corpus projects (both current and forthcoming) that will benefit greatly from OCHRE’s infrastructure. This talk will not cover the numerical findings of these corpus-based studies, but will instead demonstrate the significant implications OCHRE will have for future linguistic analyses of ancient Near Eastern languages.


Lunch served at 12:00.  All are welcome!


For all questions, or if you need any additional accommodations to participate in the Forum, please contact Carmen Caswell (caswellc@uchicago.edu).