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General information

FinnWordNet is a WordNet for Finnish. It has been created by having the words of the original English (Princeton) WordNet (version 3.0) translated into Finnish by professional translators, as part of the FIN-CLARIN project.

FinnWordNet is being developed at Language Technology (Department of Modern Languages) of the University of Helsinki.

Notes on the content

FinnWordNet is work in progress. Only the words of the English WordNet have been translated into Finnish; the glosses describing the synsets are in English.

Because of the direct translation approach, the data contains a large number of proper names and other words and terms related to English-speaking cultures that are present in the English WordNet. In contrast, words specific to Finland and the Finnish culture are currently in general missing.

The translated Finnish words have been embedded into the structure of the English WordNet. Several English words of a synset may have been translated with the same Finnish word and a single English word may have several Finnish translations. Some English-specific “derivationally related form” relations have been removed, but the data contains some relations that do not hold for Finnish, in particular lexical relations.

Some words of the current version of FinnWordNet data contain translator’s comments, represented as XML tags following the word. They typically indicate that the translator has not found an exact translation for the English word. The following comment tags occur in the data:

<alle/>
The Finnish translation is narrower than the original term.
<yli/>
The Finnish translation is broader than the original term.
<noin/>
The Finnish translation is approximate.
<hihasta/>
The Finnish translation is unconfirmed: the translator felt it was accurate but could not confirm it from written sources.
<huom>…</huom>
Miscellaneous information about the translation or the original English word.
<gen/>
The word is a genitive noun, typically translating an English adjective.

The usage of the comment tags in the data is not completely consistent.

A word containing a comment tag is not shown together with occurrences of the same word without a comment tag. You can find words with a comment tag by selecting the search type List of Compound Words. You can also explicitly search for a word with a comment tag.

The data is also known to contain a number of typos and other errors.