Essays on Definition

Juan C. Sager | University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
Introduction by
ISBN 9789027223272 (Eur) | EUR 105.00
ISBN 9781556197734 (USA) | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027298621 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
Google Play logo
Netlibrary e-BookNot for resale
ISBN 9780585462455
This collection of essays on definitions, from Plato and Aristotle to modern times, assembles interesting, sometimes less widely known and controversial texts. They examine the subject from the point of view of philosophy which is essential for a theory of terminology seeking to establish the relationship between concepts and terms. These essays deal mainly with theoretical issues but they also consider the practice of defining and therefore serve as background to all manner of studies in terminology. In addition they form a useful complement to the better known discussions of definitions in lexicography.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
“Juan Sager’s selective collection of excerpts shows the philosophical roots of contemporary (linguistic) theory of Definition, as well as the intellectual context from which deeply rooted current typologies of definition originated. His eclectic approach raises historically founded questions about the vividness of definitional theory for the philosophy of natural language, cognitive science and pragmatics.”
“The selected texts make for very interesting reading, precisely because they remind us once again of exactly how reductionistic current theoretical views of definitions are in nature once you isolate them from the philosophic traditions from which they have emerged.”
“Sager gives the floor to indispensable authors on the debate around definition, and these readings (or rereadings) are not only desirable, they are necessary.”
“El libro de Juan C. Sager cubre un vacío histórico que convenía llenar rescatando de los textos orginales de los filósofos las ideas fundamentales que han nutrido y siguen nutriendo la mayoría de los libros léxico, lexicografia, terminologica y semántica.”
“C'est un ouvrage convaincant et bien documenté avec une importante bibliographie des plus utiles. Nous aimerions en recommender la lecture parce qu'il ouvre d'intéressantes perspectives á tous les traducteurs, terminologues et linguistes, ainsi qu'au étudiants [...].”
Cited by

Cited by 10 other publications

Abend, Gabriel
2008. The Meaning of ‘Theory’. Sociological Theory 26:2  pp. 173 ff. DOI logo
Fóris, Ágota, Nikolett Kékesi & László Kozma
2009. Megjegyzések a terminusok jelentésmeghatározásának módszeréhez. Magyar Terminológia 2:1  pp. 99 ff. DOI logo
Gillman, Daniel W. & Frank Farance
2011. Theory and Management of Data Semantics. In Encyclopedia of Knowledge Management, Second Edition,  pp. 1500 ff. DOI logo
LeMay, Steve, Marilyn M. Helms, Bob Kimball & Dave McMahon
2017. Supply chain management: the elusive concept and definition. The International Journal of Logistics Management 28:4  pp. 1425 ff. DOI logo
Rayan, Sobhi
2009. Nominal Definition in the Writings of Ibn Taymiyya. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 23:2  pp. 123 ff. DOI logo
Seres, Daria & M.Teresa Espinal
2019. Russian definitional generic sentences. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics 4:1 DOI logo
Ziegler, Albert, Heidrun Stoeger & Wilma Vialle
2012. Giftedness and Gifted Education. Gifted Child Quarterly 56:4  pp. 194 ff. DOI logo
[no author supplied]
2018. Natural Language and Sub-Languages with Controlled Vocabularies. In Concept Parsing Algorithms (CPA) for Textual Analysis and Discovery [Advances in Computational Intelligence and Robotics, ],  pp. 25 ff. DOI logo
[no author supplied]
2018. Concept Science. In Concept Parsing Algorithms (CPA) for Textual Analysis and Discovery [Advances in Computational Intelligence and Robotics, ],  pp. 103 ff. DOI logo

This list is based on CrossRef data as of 13 november 2023. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.






Terminology & Lexicography


Main BIC Subject

CF: Linguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  00036100 | Marc record