Language Resources and Evaluation

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 209–214

WordNet then and now



We briefly discuss the origin and development of WordNet, a large lexical database for English. We outline its design and contents as well as its usefulness for Natural Language Processing. Finally, we discuss crosslinguistic WordNets and complementary lexical resources.


Computational linguistics Lexical semantics Lexicon NLP Ontology WordNet Word sense disambiguation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cognitive Science Laboratory, Department of PsychologyPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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