A computational lexicon of contemporary Hebrew

Alon Itai, Shuly Wintner, Shlomo Yona

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Computational lexicons are among the most important resources for natural language processing (NLP). Their importance is even greater in languages with rich morphology, where the lexicon is expected to provide morphological analyzers with enough information to enable them to correctly process intricately inflected forms. We describe the Haifa Lexicon of Contemporary Hebrew, the broadest-coverage publicly available lexicon of Modern Hebrew, currently consisting of over 20,000 entries. While other lexical resources of Modern Hebrew have been developed in the past, this is the first publicly available large-scale lexicon of the language. In addition to supporting morphological processors (analyzers and generators), which was our primary objective, the lexicon is used as a research tool in Hebrew lexicography and lexical semantics. It is open for browsing on the web and several search tools and interfaces were developed which facilitate on-line access to its information. The lexicon is currently used for a variety of NLP applications.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2006
Event5th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2006 - Genoa, Italy
Duration: 22 May 200628 May 2006


Conference5th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2006

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was funded by the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology, under the auspices of the Knowledge Center for Processing Hebrew. We are grateful to Shira Schwartz, Danny Shacham and Michael Elhadad for their help.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Language and Linguistics


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