IceWordNet is the Icelandic version of the Princeton Core WordNet. It consists of nearly five thousand Icelandic translations of the words from the core list from Princeton along with the Icelandic synonyms of the words.


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About IceWordNet
IceWordNet is based on Princeton Core WordNet.

Princeton WordNet

Princeton WordNet is a large, lexical database for English. Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are grouped into synsets which each expresses a particular thought. The synsets are then linked to each other by conceptual, semantical and lexical relations. WordNet is similar to a thesaurus but there is an important difference. A complete WordNet doesn‘t just link words; it also disambiguates similar words and shows the relations between the words.

Core WordNet is a list of approximately 5000 of the most common words from the Princeton list. Here you can download the list . The Icelandic wordnet, IceWordNet, contains Icelandic translations of the words in the core list in addition to the Icelandic synonyms. For now, only synonyms are given and other relations are not shown.

How was IceWordNet compiled

The Princeton Core WordNet list was downloaded from the Internet. Then the English words were translated into Icelandic and finally the synonyms of the Icelandic words were listed with the help from the Icelandic Thesaurus (Svavar Sigmundsson 1985) and the web site The work was carried out by Kristín M. Jóhannsdóttir.

Next steps

Preferably, IceWordNet will later be greatly expanded and in addition to synonyms all the relations used in the Princeton WordNet will be included.

Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson
professor, Icelandic linguistics
Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies
School of Humanities, University of Iceland
Office: Árnagarði, 415
Work phone: +354-525-4403
Fax: +354-525-4242

Íslensk samheitaorðabók. 1985. Ed. Svavar Sigmundsson. Styrktarsjóður Þórbergs Þórðarsonar og Margrétar Jónsdóttur. Háskóli Íslands, Reykjavík.

Princeton University "About WordNet." WordNet. Princeton University. 2010.