Swedish Sign Language Dictionary

SND-ID: EXT 0408

Description Data and documentation

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Thomas Björkstrand - Stockholm university, Department of Linguistics

Johanna Mesch - Stockholm University, Department of Linguistics orcid


Swedish sign language dictionary (2008—) updated continuously with new signs and examples. There is a sign demonstration and photo illustration for or each entry, with additional demonstration of a sentence for many entries.

Includes many search paths. It is possible to search for i.e. word, hand shape, position, translation, and subject. It is also possible to get a list of alternative signs for the searched sign. There are presently over 40 searchable subject categories, some with additional sub categories. Advanced searches are also available, for example hand alphabet, numbers, less common signs, etc.
Research principal, contributors, and funding

Research principal

Stockholm University


Joel Bäckström - Stockholm university, Department of Linguistics

Patrick Hansson - Stockholm university, Department of Linguistics

Nikolaus Reimer Kankkonen - Stockholm university, Department of Linguistics

Protection and ethical review

Data contains personal data


Language resources

Resource type

Lexical conceptual resource

Foreseen use

Human use

Lexical conceptual resource type


Creation mode


Encoding level

Semantics, Syntax
Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Topic and keywords

Research area

Language and linguistics (CESSDA Topic Classification)
Languages and Literature (The Swedish standard of fields of research 2011)

Swedish Sign Language Dictionary


19 700 signs with Swedish word, video and subject divisions.

Data format / data structure


Still image



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