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A lexico-conceptual approach to multilingual terminology structuring
A lexico-conceptual approach to multilingual terminology structuring

Author(s): Boyan Alexiev
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Theoretical Linguistics, Syntax, Lexis, Semantics
Published by: Софийски университет »Св. Климент Охридски«
Keywords: lexical approach; multilingual terminology structuring; lexicosemantic analysis;

Summary/Abstract: This paper argues for a combined conceptual and lexical approach to multilingual terminology structuring conceived as an activity performed in consecutive phases involving: decision making on the number of dictionary entries/keyterms and information categories for each keyterm to be represented depending on the particular user group, followed by collecting a corpus of relevant textual and knowledge-based information sources; extracting automatically from corpus candidate keyterms and accompanying contexts; lexicosemantic analysis for capturing syntagmatic (collocational and derivational) relationships a keyterm enters in; conceptual analysis for capturing hierarchical relationships which a keyterm shares. The phases are exemplified with the material entity keyterm ‘concrete’ envisaged as a candidate entry in a bilingual specialized learner’s dictionary intended for non-specialist translators and LSP learners. The translation equivalents are specified by a contrastive analysis based on available multilingual reference tools. Finally, a model of a typical entry structure is proposed.

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 43-50
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: English