A Finite-State Morphological Grammar of Hebrew

Shlomo Yona, Shuly Wintner

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Morphological analysis is a crucial component of several natural language processing tasks, especially for languages with a highly productive morphology, where stipulating a full lexicon of surface forms is not feasible. We describe HAMSAH (HAifa Morphological System for Analyzing Hebrew), a morphological processor for Modern Hebrew, based on finite-state linguistically motivated rules and a broad coverage lexicon. The set of rules comprehensively covers the morphological, morpho-phonological and orthographic phenomena that are observable in contemporary Hebrew texts. Reliance on finite-state technology facilitates the construction of a highly efficient, completely bidirectional system for analysis and generation. HAMSAH is currently the broadest-coverage and most accurate freely-available system for Hebrew.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACL Workshop on Computational Approaches to Semitic Languages
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2005
Event2005 Workshop on Computational Approaches to Semitic Languages, SEMITIC@ACL 2005 - Ann Arbor, United States
Duration: 29 Jun 2005 → …

Publication series

NameSemitic '05
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics


Conference2005 Workshop on Computational Approaches to Semitic Languages, SEMITIC@ACL 2005
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAnn Arbor
Period29/06/05 → …

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was funded by the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology, under the auspices of the Knowledge Center for Processing Hebrew. We are grateful to Yael Cohen-Sygal, Shira Schwartz and Alon Itai for their help.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2005 Association for Computational Linguistics.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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