Chapter published in:Multiple Perspectives on Terminological Variation
Edited by Patrick Drouin, Aline Francœur, John Humbley and Aurélie Picton
[Terminology and Lexicography Research and Practice 18] 2017
► pp. 213–258
Term and concept variation in specialized knowledge dynamics
Variation is a relatively new area of study in Terminology, as traditional approaches initially relied on the univocity principle and represented concepts in static universal structures. This means that for a long time, neither term nor concept variations were regarded as important and were largely ignored. Nonetheless, specialized domains are dynamic, and dynamism is an inevitable source of variation. The same reality can be perceived in different ways, giving rise to different conceptualizations, which in turn cause different denominations to emerge. This is known as multidimensionality. This chapter explores this phenomenon by analysing its impact on term and concept variation. As shall be seen, term and concept variation, far from being unrelated, are the consequence of the convergent influence of multidimensionality, context, and dynamism in specialized domains.
Keywords: term variation, concept variation, multidimensionality, context
Published online: 24 August 2017
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