Swedish Sign Language Dictionary

SND-ID: ext0408-1.

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Thomas Björkstrand - Stockholm university, Department of Linguistics

Johanna Mesch - Stockholm University, Department of Linguistics orcid

Research principal

Stockholm University - Department of Linguistics rorId


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.

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

Data contains personal data


Method and outcome

Data format / data structure

Data collection
Language resources

Resource type

Lexical conceptual resource

Foreseen use

Human use

Lexical conceptual resource type


Creation mode


Encoding levels

Semantics, Syntax
Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Administrative information

Responsible department/unit

Department of Linguistics


Joel Bäckström - Stockholm university, Department of Linguistics

Patrick Hansson - Stockholm university, Department of Linguistics

Nikolaus Reimer Kankkonen - Stockholm university, Department of Linguistics

Topic and keywords

Research area

Languages and literature (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Language and linguistics (CESSDA Topic Classification)


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