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Canoonet ( spelling : canoonet) was an online dictionary with attached grammar for the German language. Canoonet's basic dictionary contained around 250,000 entries that corresponded to over 3 million word forms with over 25,000 application examples, the meanings and synonyms for over 100,000 keywords and paraphrases of linguistic terms. At the beginning of 2020 canoonet was discontinued and part of the content wastaken overby LEO GmbH.

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The provider of Canoonet was based in Switzerland and was Canoo Engineering AG until the end of May 2019 (see UltraLightClient ). The online language service Canoonet was created as a result of several years of cooperation between employees at the University of Basel , Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam , IDSIA Lugano and the Basel IT company Canoo Engineering AG. All rights have been with Canoo Engineering AG since 1999. Canoonet has been online since mid-2000 and has been continuously expanded and supplemented since then.

After Canoo Engineering AG was integrated into Informatique-MTF SA (IMTF) at the end of 2018, the original domain name , which had been known for decades, was no longer allowed to be used at the end of May 2019 for legal reasons. The website therefore had to be relocated to the new domain name at short notice .

Canoonet was a long-term cooperation partner of the LEO online dictionaries . When, at the beginning of 2020, different interests of the IMTF led to the discontinuation of the independent Canoonet offer, important parts such as German grammar and blog / language service were replaced by Dr. Bopp integrated into the LEO website.


spelling, orthography
Under "Spelling" you found entries in the old and new spelling (according to the regulation in force since August 1, 2006) as well as in regional variants, with precise information on current use and links to the rules of the new spelling.
Tables with all inflected word forms were available for each entry under “Word forms” or “ Inflection ”. The corresponding grammatical features were given for each word form (for example singular / plural and case for nouns; person, mode and tense for verbs, etc.). The table header contained hyperlinks to important pages in the grammar (see below).
Word formation
Under “Word formation”, information was provided on which words, fugue elements, prefixes and suffixes and formatives a word was created through word formation (derivation or composition) and which words were derived from it. The information was displayed using a tree structure. For each derived or compound word, the word formation rules used to form it were specified.
In the “dictionary of meanings” definitions, example sentences, synonyms as well as generic and subordinate terms were displayed. Most of the information was not from Canoonet. They were taken over from the GermaNet developed at the University of Tübingen .
Unknown Word Analyzer
If a word did not appear in Canoonet's dictionaries, this program tried to break down the entered word into existing words, fugues and prefixes and suffixes and to determine the class of words for the new word. Declined and conjugated forms were also recognized. The analysis was limited to two to three elements, depending on the type of word formation. The results of the analysis were only to be regarded as suggestions as the program did not understand the words. Thus the word "lunch special" was not only as dish for lunch , but also as a regulator of midday analyzed. Another example is the word "terabyte": It has been broken down into the parts terra and byte , although terabyte is probably meant in the sense of 1,000,000,000,000 bytes.
The grammar included information on the German word and sentence grammar. A large part of German grammar was covered on well over 1000 linked websites. This content has been available on since the takeover in 2020.
In addition to the online reference work, Canoonet offered the free language service “Ask Dr. Bopp ”, in which Stephan Bopp, a PhD linguist from Canoonet, answered all questions about the German language. One of the blog's motto was “There are no stupid questions! - Every question will be answered! ”Some of the questions were published anonymously with an answer in the Canoonet blog. The blog moved to in 2020.

Networking with other online language offerings

Canoonet was closely linked to other freely available language websites. It was the starting point for links to other online dictionaries and provided contextual links to LEO , PONS , Wikipedia , DWDS , OpenThesaurus, etc. Canoonet thus represented a comprehensive, free alternative to other dictionaries. Since 2009, Canoonet has also been available for mobile use as an application on the iPhone.

Conversely, many monolingual and bilingual dictionaries and language portals on the net referred from their entries to the Canoonet entries. These were, for example, the German-language Wiktionary , the translation dictionaries from LEO , the German dictionary “elexiko” in the dictionary portal OWID of the Institute for German Language Mannheim, the language portal from Pons-Verlag , OpenThesaurus , other bilingual dictionaries such as Beolingus from the Technical University of Chemnitz and DIX German-Spanish.

Web links

  • - last domain used on the website ; since April 2020 with redirection to .
  • - former address of Dr. Bopp's Blog ; since April 2020 with redirection to .

Individual evidence

  1. (last on February 27, 2020) and before that (last on July 9, 2019) - in the Internet archive ; there u. a. still with lower case throughout (also in the title bar )
  2. a b German grammar on LEO: Takeover of some content from In: Retrieved April 3, 2020 .
  3. a b c Ask Dr. Bop! »Canoonet grammar becomes LEO grammar. Retrieved April 3, 2020 .
  4. Language tools from the Basel IT company Canoo: The morphology of the successful hit. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Retrieved December 2, 2015 .
  5. Integration of Canoo Engineering AG with IMTF , accessed on June 19, 2019
  6. Change of address for Canoonet , in the Canoonet blog. Retrieved September 21, 2019
  7. a b c
  9. University of Tübingen: Germanet
  10. page by Dr. Bopp
  11. Online reference work: Duden-Ersatz. In: Retrieved December 2, 2015 .
  12. Title unknown. (No longer available online.) Fuldaer Zeitung, archived from the original on October 15, 2015 ; Retrieved on December 2, 2015 (even the archived version only shows an error when retrieved).
  13. canoonet. In: heise Download. Accessed December 2, 2015 (German).
  14. Gigantic online grammar: - lesson proposal. In: Retrieved December 2, 2015 .