PONS points to Canoo.net for German Grammar Content

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A brand-new cooperation is announced with German dictionary publisher PONS.

Canoo today announced that it is cooperating with Ernst Klett Sprachen GmbH, publisher of the PONS dictionaries (http://www.pons.de), to provide further grammatical information during dictionary lookup for users of the PONS online dictionary "PONSline".

For example, type the word "fliegen" in the search field at Ponsline.de. A list of translations and idiomatic expressions displays. Scroll to the bottom of the entry and click "Informationen zur Grammatik". This link opens the corresponding page for "fliegen" at Canoo.net (http://www.canoo.net/services/Controller?input=fliegen&MenuId=Search&service=canooNet〈=en)

The PONS online dictionary also allows you to import the words you look up into the PONS LexiTrainer, your online vocabulary trainer. This service is free of charge. The PONS online dictionary "PONSline" is available at:


Dictionary toolbar: "Mein PONSline"

PONSline, the online dictionary, is also available as a toolbar for integration in your browser:


Canoo.net: The Web-based Grammar Resource for German

Launched in 2000, Canoo.net (http://www.canoo.net) currently registers over 700,000 visits per month. Truly interactive, the online grammar and dictionaries showcase the advantages of web-based learning resources. All content can be accessed via hyperlink from any external web site, document, or digital presentation. Teachers and students may use these web addresses to refer to a particular section at Canoo.net as part of a web-based exercise or tutorial.

Canoo.net includes:

  •      Over 250,000 lexicon entries with spelling, inflection, morphology, and word formation dictionaries for all data,
  •      A direct link to the German-English dictionary LEO,
  •      An online grammar, launched in September 2004, providing over 1500 pages of grammatical explanations in German and in English.
  •      Simple search interface that finds 100% relevant entries in all Canoo.net dictionaries.

The spelling dictionary is widely used to check if and how a word is affected by the German spelling reform. It includes Swiss and Austrian spelling variants, as well as several publisher style guides. The inflection tables are useful to check the correct form of a word. There are numerous cross-references between the dictionaries and the grammar.

For example, a search term such as "was" generates links to all relevant dictionary entries and grammar pages.

See: http://www.canoo.net/services/Controller?input=was&MenuId=Search&service=canooNet〈=en

Clicking "Terms with Link" or "Fachbegriffe mit Link" in the upper right corner of a Canoo.net web page highlights all linguistic terminology defined in Canoo's glossary of linguistic terms. Follow a link to view the corresponding entry in the glossary.

High Quality Data

A dedicated authoring environment for lexicographers ensures a high quality of data at Canoo.net. The base dictionary was developed over more than 10 years at the University of Basel under the direction of Prof. Dr. Marc Domenig, now CEO of Canoo Engineering AG.

Canoo.net is based on WMTrans products, demonstrating how this morphology software is integrated into language learning applications. For more information, please see the WMTrans product site at http://www.canoo.com/wmtrans.

About PONS

For over 25 years, PONS has been developing dictionaries and materials for language study to cater for all levels of ability and meet every demand. For beginners and experts. For holidaymakers and professionals. For independent study and reference. The PONS product palette encompasses everything from introductory titles for the youngest language learners, to dictionaries for experts on CD-ROM and the Blended Learning language system for the business world. In all, PONS offers over 450 titles in more than 25 languages.


About Canoo

Canoo is specialized in object-oriented, J2EE-based software, delivering solutions for business applications and products for software development. The software company is based in Basel, Switzerland. The Canoo product range includes UltraLightClient, a software library for Swing-based Rich Internet Applications, WMTrans, a software library for language analysis and generation, and Webtest, an open-source, XP-style, Java-based functional testing tool for web applications.

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