Uzzi Ornan







Taub Building 622


Computer Science Department,Technion--Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa 32000, ISRAEL

Uzzi Ornan is a visiting Professor at the Department of Computer Science. He has been teaching at the department since 1987, after serving as a Professor in the Department of Hebrew Linguistics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for many years. He received his Ph.D. in Humanities from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1964. Being a linguist, he inclined to formal approach and followed Chomsky's ideas. Eventually he became acquainted with the computer and used it as a simulator for the linguistic ability and knowledge of humans. Professor Ornan published dozens of papers in Hebrew morphology, syntax, phonology and lexicography, as well as some books, among them "Grammar of Mouth and Ear" in 1947 and many later editions, Hebrew Syntax (1963, 69, 79),"Dictionary of Forgotten Words" (1996) and "The Final Word - Mechanism for Hebrew Word Generation" (2003).

Areas of interest

  • Natural Language Processing
  • Machine Translation
  • Information Retrieval
  • Processing of Hebrew in all levels (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics)
  • Speech Recognition.


1964 - Ph.D in Modern Hebrew Linguistics, Hebrew University , Jerusalem

1959 - M.A. in Hebrew Language and General and Semitic Linguistics, Hebrew University , Jerusalem

1954 - B.A. in Hebrew Language and Biblical Studies, Hebrew University , Jerusalem

Selected Publications

  • ORNAN, U., "Program-generator for OCP programs in languages with heavy morphology", Literary and Linguistic Computing, Journal of ALLC, Vol. 3-4, OUP, pp.159-162, 1989 (E).
  • ORNAN, U., "Machinery for Hebrew word formation", Advances in Artificial Intelligence, M. Golumbic (ed.), Springer Verlag, pp. 75-93, 1990 (E).
  • ORNAN, U., "Theoretical linguistics and artificial intelligence", an introduction, Hebrew Computational Linguistics, a volume published by the Ministry of Science and Development, U. Ornan, G. Arieli and I. Doron, (eds.), pp. 6-12, 1991.
  • ORNAN, U., "An algorithm for recognizing rhythm-pattern of medieval and Modern Hebrew poems", by Uzzi Ornan et al., Hebrew Computational Linguistics, U. Ornan, G. Arieli and I. Doron (eds.), a volume published by the Ministry of Science and Development, pp.52-61, 1991.
  • ORNAN, U., "The basic factors of a Hebrew word", Leshonenu, Vol. 54, pp. 247-268, 1990.
  • ORNAN, U., "Theoretical gemination in Israeli Hebrew", Semitic Studies in honor of Wolf Leslau, A.S. Kaye (ed), Otto Harassowits Publication, pp. 1158-1168, 1991 (E).
  • ORNAN, U., "A New Approach to 'klalei ktib lo’ mnuqqad' (rules of unvocalized script)", Leshonenu la'am, Vol. 43, pp. 169-174, 1993.
  • ORNAN, U., "Hebrew through a Canaanite looking glass, in Hebrew a living Language, U. Ornan, R. Ben-Shachar and G. Tory (eds.), Haifa University, pp. 321-333, 1993.
  • ORNAN, U., "Phonemic transcription of Hebrew" ISLIC, Bulletin of Israel Society of Special Libraries and Information Centers , Vol. 19, pp. 8-14, 1993.
  • ORNAN, U., "Basic concepts in 'Romanization' of scripts", Computer Science Department, TR, LCL 94-5, Computer Science Department, The Technion, March 1994 (E).
  • ORNAN, U., "Distinctive features for phones and phonemes of Hebrew", Mexqrei Lashon, M. Bar Asher (ed.), Department of Hebrew Language, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem,
    Vol. 7, pp. 163-192, 1995.
  • ORNAN, U., "Linguistics in literary service: metaphors in 'Simxat Aniyim' by N. Alterman", Jubilee Volume for Shlomo Morag, I. Eldar et al. (eds.), The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1996.
  • ORNAN, U. "Machine Translation bu Semantic Features", in MT 2000 , BCS at University of Exeter, Novenber 2000, pp. 6-1 - 6-8.(E)
  • ORNAN, U., "Prefixes `,t,y,n of future tense in Hebrew Verbs", in Xelkat Lashon  no. 33-34, 2002,  p. 7-14.
  • ORNAN, U. "A Morphological, Syntactic and Semantic Search Engune", in Computational Approaches to Semitic Languages, (M. Rosner, Sh.Wintner, eds), Philadelphia PA , July, 2002, Published by ACL, pp. 66-74. (E)
  • ORNAN, U., "Conversion of Hebrew into Latin Script in Teaching Hebrew", Ben-Zion Fishler Jubilee Book, ed. Ora (rudrig) Shwarzwald and Refael Nir, Rekes Publishing Even Yehuda, 2002, pp.23-36.
  • ORNAN, U., "Versions of  Conversion of Hebrew into Latin Scripy: Grammatical, full and deficient", in Lešonenu, The Academy for the Hebrew Language, Vol. 64, 2002, pp.137-151.
  • ORNAN, U. and Michal Ephratt, "The Entries in a Generative Grammar Lexicon", in ha-'ivrit w-axyoteiha, a journal for Hebrew Language research, University of Haifa Press, vol. 2 -3, 2002-2003.
  • ORNAN, U., "Ratosh Plan for Latin Script in Hebrew", in Ratosh Poetry and his tongue, ed. by Michal Ephratt, Hebrew language, Haifa University, 2003, pp.85- 96.
  • ORNAN, U., "The Mysteries of WAW Connective", in Zeitschrift fuer die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, vol 115, 2003,pp.241-255. (E)
  • ORNAN, U., "Versions of  Conversion of Hebrew into Latin Script: Grammatical, full and deficient", in Hebrew Studies, Vol. 44, 2003, pp. 201-218,  translated from Lešonenu Vol. 64. (E).
  • ORNAN, U. "mibne ha-mill w-hi$taqqputo ba-niqqud w-ba-ta&tiq" (Structure of word and its reflection in vocalized Hebrew and in Transcription", Lešonenu, The Academy for the Hebrew Language, Vol. 69 , 2007. 
  • Books
  • ORNAN, U., The Simple Setence, Academon, 261 p., 1979.
  • ORNAN, U., Millon ha-Millim ha-obdot, A dictionary of forgotten words, Magnes Press, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Shoken Publishing House, Tel Aviv, 316 p., 1996.
  • ORNAN, U., Gwanim b-Xqiqa (Tones of Legislation) 3 volumes, by a group of experts (U. Ornan, scientific director), 436 p., Multitext Multidimensional Publishing Systems, Tel Aviv, 1997-2001.
  • ORNAN, U., Ha-Milla ha-`axrona (The Final Word) - Mechanism for Hebrew Word Generation, Haifa University Press, 228 p. 2003.