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FYI: New Version of GermaNet, Release 7.0

Author: Verena Henrich

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics

FYI Body: We are happy to announce the availability of a new version of
GermaNet (release 7.0).

GermaNet is a lexical-semantic net that relates German nouns, verbs,
and adjectives semantically by grouping lexical units that express the
same concept into synsets and by defining semantic relations between
these synsets. GermaNet has much in common with the English
WordNet (http://wordnet.princeton.edu) and can be viewed as an on-
line thesaurus or a light-weight ontology.

GermaNet has been developed and maintained within various projects
by the research group for General and Computational Linguistics
(Director: Prof. Dr. Erhard Hinrichs) at the University of Tübingen since

The four most important extensions to this GermaNet release
compared to the previous release are:

1: New synsets and lexical units for all word categories, and new
relations were added.

2: The Interlingual Index (ILI) which was initially created in the context
of the EuroWordNet project represents a mapping between wordnets
of different languages. The German part of the ILI has been revised
and extended and it has been integrated in GermaNet release 7.0. For
detailed information see http://www.sfs.uni-

3: GermaNet senses have been mapped to Wiktionary sense
descriptions with the goal of extending senses in GermaNet (lexical
units) with the respective descriptions from Wiktionary. Please see
http://www.sfs.uni-tuebingen.de/GermaNet/wiktionary.shtml for further
information on this mapping/extension.

4: The internal working copy of GermaNet is maintained in a relational
database (PostgresSQL). A dump of this database is now available to
all customers as part of this GermaNet release. Find more information
about GermaNet's database format at http://www.sfs.uni-

For information about technical details and licensing, please consult
the project home page: http://www.sfs.uni-tuebingen.de/GermaNet/

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