German genitive attributes are usually tagged as such in treebanks. However, it is well known that this information is not sufficient for determining the type of relation between head nouns and attributes, as genitive attributes can express many different semantic relations. Various linguistic classifications have been worked out, but to my knowledge, nobody has so far proposed to apply this linguistic knowledge to a corpus. The challenge here is to come up with a classification that is both easy to verify and sufficiently fine-grained. Using earlier linguistic approaches as guidelines, I propose in this paper a detailed
annotation scheme for German genitive attributes based on readily identifiable noun features. First insights from its application to the Smultron Treebank show that it is easy to distinguish between the proposed classes and that my classification of genitive attributes can be related to a more general semantic annotation level.