The Lexicon is a tool in the AX Cockpit that holds the grammatical information in a project about particular domain-specific words that the software needs to generate grammatically correct units.

Lexicon entries only have to be made for words that require grammatical flexibility,this means words in Containers. Words that are used in static text parts do not need Lexicon entries.

In the Translate App, Lexicon entries are items that differ from other item types in that a Lexicon entry does not correspond to an existing object in the cockpit but is created during the translation process, usually by the translator. This must be done if a word cannot be inflected without the information in the Lexicon

More details about when to create a Lexicon entry in the Translate App: Editing Head Nouns and Creating Lexicon Entries

Settings in lexicon entries

Settings for Nouns

The lexicon is the place where the information is stored that is necessary to inflect nouns in a grammatically correct way and to use pronouns properly. What information this differs in many languages.


To distinguish lemma and stem: a stem is the part of a word that does not change.

  • stem: creat for *to create (verb) or creative (adjective) or creation (noun).
  • lemma: create (verb), creative (adjective) and creation (noun)

For nouns this comprises for example:

numbersingular, dual, plural
grammatical gendermasculine, feminine, neutral, animate, inanimate
grammatical casesnominative, accusative, genitive, dative, locative, vocative, instrumental, ablative

Plurale Tantum (Plural only)

If the noun for which you want to create an entry occurs only in the plural form, set the slider to plurale tantum. Then only fields for the plural forms that are actually required will appear in the fields below.

Switch Determiner

Some nouns differ from standard behavior and combine with different determiners than other nouns from the same type. You can configure multiple alternate determiners and specify with which grammatical forms they will appear.

Example: Nouns denoting countries usually stand with the none determiner like Poland, but the Netherlands need a definite determiner, so you define a replacement here.

Switch Preposition

As with the determiner, there is also deviant behavior with some nouns when using prepositions. Therefore you can enter these cases here.

Example: Nouns denoting places usually stand with the preposition in like in Germany, but there are some exceptions like at Shibuya station.

Settings for Adjectives

The settings for adjectives are similar to the settings for nouns.

Adjective Position: You have to define if the adjective stands before or after a noun.

Setting for Verbs

For verbs you have to fill in the conjugations of the verbs, this means how the verb will form under different circumstances.

The conjugations of the verbs depend on different *grammatical information that includes the number (singular, plural in some languages also dual) and distinct between the speaker (first person), the addressee (second person), and others (third person). All these conjugations must also be completed for the different tenses.

Overview of the basic grammatical persons & tenses you can define in the lexicon:

grammatical personsfirst, second, third
numbersingular, dual, plural
grammatical gendermasculine, feminine, neutral, animate, inanimate
tensespresent, past, imperfect, future, past participle, gerund