Icelandic is one of the many languages whose text corpora are included in Sketch Engine, a tool for discovering how language works. Sketch Engine is designed for linguists, lexicologists, lexicographers, researchers, translators, terminologists, teachers and students working with Icelandic to easily discover what is typical and frequent in the language and to notice phenomena which would go unnoticed without a large sample of Icelandic text.

Sketch Engine has tools to identify and analyse collocations, synonyms and antonyms, examples of use in context, keywords or terms. Frequency word lists of Icelandic single-word or multi-word expressions of various types can be generated. Even users without any technical knowledge can create their own Icelandic corpus using the Sketch Engine's intuitive built-in tool.

Tools to work with Icelandic text corpora

To work with the Icelandic language, Sketch Engine offers the following tools:

Icelandic Word Sketch

Word Sketch is the easiest way to get an at-a-glance overview of a word’s behaviour. Collocations are displayed in categorized lists to identify strong and weak collocates easily. more»

Available Word Sketches for user corpora: Full-featured Sketch grammar.

Word Sketch difference will compare two word sketches and will indicate which collocates tend to combine with one word or the other. The information can be used to avoid mistakes in word choice or to study the differences between two words with a similar meaning. more»

Icelandic concordance

The concordancer included in Sketch Engine can be used to display a list of examples (called concordance) of the search word or phrase as it appears in Icelandic language text corpora. The search will display the keyword with some context to the right and context to the left of the keyword (KWIC concordance). more»

Icelandic thesaurus

The thesaurus is a feature that automatically generates a list of words similar in meaning to the keyword. more»

Icelandic word lists

The word list feature will generate a frequency list of all words that appear in a text or corpus. A very large corpus can be used to generate a list of all words that exist in Icelandic or all words that start, contain or end with specific characters. Advanced options can be used to generate lists of grammatical categories or parts of speech used in a corpus together with their frequencies. more»

N-grams in Icelandic

Generating a list of N-grams contained in a text makes it possible to identify and study patterns and notice phenomena related to multi-word units (MWU) in Icelandic that cannot be detected by other tools. more»

List of available Icelandic corpora

  • trial – available to both trial users as well as paying subscribers
  • main – only available to paying subscribers
  • on demand – access to the corpus is subject to specific terms, click the corpus name for details
CorpusAccess policySize in words
Gutenberg Icelandic 2020 main 82,211
Icelandic Gigaword Corpus 2017 main 532,028,866
Icelandic parliamentary debates (ParlaMint 2.1) trial 23,468,157
Icelandic parliamentary debates (ParlaMint 2.1, CoNLL format) trial 23,461,109
Icelandic texts [sample] trial 5,436,035
Icelandic Web 2020 (isTenTen20) trial 518,620,759
OpenSubtitles 2018 parallel – Icelandic main 9,194,074