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GermaNet is a machine-readable lexical-semantic network of the German language operated by the University of Tübingen . Part of it is integrated in EuroWordNet , which connects the word networks of several European languages ​​with one another via an interlingual index.

Goal setting

  • Determination and description of the basic German vocabulary .
  • Development of a lexical semantic network as a resource for the disambiguation of reading types, for information indexing and comparable text technology applications

Compatibility with WordNet is also aimed for .

GermaNet currently (May 2017) comprises 154,814 lexical units, which are summarized in approx. 120,032 sets of synonyms ( synsets ). The lexical units and synsets are linked by 4,210 lexical and 133,652 conceptual relations, with the taxonomic relation of the superordinate and subordinate ( hyperonymy and hyponymy ) of concepts being the most important relation.

Chronological order

GermaNet is based on the WordNet approach, which was started in 1985 by Princeton University . It was created as GermaNet I in 1996 and 1997, i.e. around the same time as EuroWordNet I , which was further developed from 1997 to 1999 into EuroWordNet II . GermaNet is maintained and expanded as a monolingual lexical resource to this day. Version 12.0 has been available since May 2017.


The use of GermaNet is free of charge for academic users, and you can also look up the data free of charge on canoonet .


  • Claudia Kunze, Semantic Relation Types in GermaNet, in: Langer / Schnorbusch, Semantik im Lexikon (2005), pp. 161–178.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. GermaNet - An Introduction , accessed on July 11, 2017.
  2. ^ GermaNet News and Events , accessed July 11, 2017.
  3. GermaNet license terms