Terms in Context

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Terms in Context applies the methodology that has been developed over the last two decades in corpus linguistics to the relatively new and still little developed field of corpus-based terminography. While corpora are already being used by some terminologists for the identification of terms and retrieval of contextual fragments, this book describes the first attempt to use corpora for terminography in much the same way as large general reference corpora are already being used for general language lexicography. The author goes beyond the standard problem of identifying terms as opposed to non-terminological lexical items in text and focuses on identifying metalanguage patterns which point to the presence in text of (parts of) reusable definitions of terms. The author examines these patterns and shows how the information which they contain can be retrieved and used as input for terminological entries.
Terms in Context should be of interest to ‘traditional’ terminologists who have not previously considered adopting a corpus-based approach to their work or at least not on the scale proposed here; to ‘modern’ terminologists who use text primarily for the identification of terms and the retrieval of contextual examples; to those in the corpus linguistic community who have hitherto used general language corpora for the purposes of lexicography and have not previously considered using special purpose corpora for more specific lexicography studies; and to academics in the ESP/LSP community who are interested in showing students how to use text as a means of ascertaining the meaning of terms.
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 1]  1998.  xii, 246 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
viii
Introduction
1
1.Identifying differences between words and terms
7
2.Corpora, corpus design and corpus selection
41
3.Dictionaries and defining strategies
67
4.Analysis of definitions in text
89
5.Defining as a perfomative act
105
6.Retrieval of terms from the corpora
121
7.Retrieval of formal and semi-formal defining expositives
135
8.Synonymy, substitution and paraphrasing
168
9.Using the term as the node
191
10. Summary
204
References
211
Appendix A
223
Appendix B
226
“I believe Terms in Context will be judged to be a highly useful and valued monograph. It will surely attract the eager attention of experts and students of terminology/terminography, alongside those whose professional interest is directed more to genre usage and analysis. Corpus analysts will welcome a sophisticated case-study shedding valuable light on complex data identification and extraction techniques.”
“This is an excellent and important book which, besides being of interest to corpus linguistics, covers matter relevant to terminology, terminography and linguistic data processing. The book is beautifully structured with a clear introduction which sets out the background against which the research was performed, who is being addressed with this book, what research is being undertaken and how it is to be done, and what the nine different chapters will contain. Overall I find this book well written, stimulating, and offering genuine new thoughts of the troublesome topic of automatic term extraction.”
“This book is certainly a most useful contribution to the use of corpora for compilation of technical terms and their definitions.”
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Corpus linguistics

Terminology & Lexicography

Terminology
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