GroenOrd is a computer programme which looks up a given Greenlandic or Danish word in the most important Greenlandic (Inuit) dictionaries (1871-1997+). The programme can also determine the meaningful parts (morphemes) of the given word, and it shows what the grammar and the dictionaries say about these morphemes. So even if the given word is not in any of the dictionaries, its meaning can often be inferred.


The programme runs on a PC with Windows 98 or any later version, including Windows 11. You may download it as a compressed file from the web site, and unpack it with a double click if you have Windows XP or later.


A version of the programme from february 2022 is available with an installation programme on a CD-ROM with the name "GroenOrd (= THE WEST GREENLANDIC [INUIT] DICTIONARIES with morphological analysis), 5th edition". The CD-ROM has ISBN 978-87-990270-5-7 and is sold for about 30.5 US Dollars. It works with Windows 98 as well.


When the programme is running, there is a topmost bar with a number of push-buttons on the screen. Two of the last are [Guide] and [Grammar]. Continue with [Guide]How to use the programme.


The dictionaries are grouped in three lexica [no. in square brackets = no. from below in the heap of books on the picture]:


Kr = [1] Samuel Kleinschmidt's Greenlandic-Danish dictionary (1871), with a supplement by Chr. Rasmussen in [2] Kjer and Rasmussen's Danish-Greenlandic dictionary (1893).


OseP, which consists of three more recent dictionaries from Greenlandic. Here "O" stands for the Greenlandic-Danish school dictionary Oqaatsit (i.e. 'Words') by [4] Chr. Berthelsen, Birgitte Jacobsen, Robert Petersen, Inge Kleivan and Jørgen Rischel (1997). "se" stands for [5] C.W. Schultz-Lorentzen's Greenlandic-Danish dictionary (1926) with English translation (by [6] Aslaug Møller, 1927) of the Danish text. And "P" stands for [7] Jonathan Petersen's purely Greenlandic Ordbogeeraq (i.e. 'Small dictionary') from 1951.


Bdg = the Danish-Greenlandic dictionary (1960) by [8] Aage Bugge, Kristoffer Lynge, Ad. Fuglsang-Damgård and Frederik Nielsen.


The lexicon OseP also contains (L =) a tentative Danish translation of some words in P, given orally by Hans A. Lynge in 1979. And nearly 200 examples from (H =) Lise Lennert Olsen og Birgitte Hertling: Grønlandsk tilhængsliste (Pilersuiffik 1988, second edition Ilinniusiorfik 2011).


OseP further contains the proto-forms represented in Greenlandic from CED = [3] Michael Fortescue, Steven Jacobson, Lawrence Kaplan: Comparative Eskimo Dictionary with Aleut Cognates, Second edition (Alaska Native Language Center, Fairbanks 2010).


Bdg has been supplemented with the botanical names in the third edition (1997) of N = "Nunatta naasui" by Th.Foersom, Finn O. Kapel, Ole Svarre, Isak Heilmann and Carla Rosing Olsen. And with the most important Danish and Latin name(s) on each page with a photo in R = Flemming Rune: "Wild Flowers of Greenland" (2011).


Oqaatsit and a newer Danish-Greenlandic dictionary (Ordbogen, 2003) can be accessed through Word analysis and the older dictionaries are accessible one at a time on GroenOrd gives immediate access to them all.


Further information can be obtained from:


                                             Henrik Aagesen