J. Cale Johnson studied Assyriology, Comparative Semitics and Linguistics at UCLA, receiving his PhD in Assyriology in 2004 with a dissertation on applicative constructions in Sumerian and the role of specificity in their interpretation (a substantially revised version appeared in 2010 under the title “Unaccusativity and the double object construction in Sumerian” [Vienna: LIT]). Since coming to Berlin in 2008, he has focused on the early history of writing, particularly the decipherment of UD.GAL.NUN (encoded mythological materials from the Early Dynastic period), as well as Middle Assyrian administration and calendrics. Over the past two years he has also become involved in the reconstruction of Mesopotamian therapeutic compendia (particularly those dealing with respiratory diseases) and the comparative study of ancient medicine.

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