The Dynamics of Terminology

A descriptive theory of term formation and terminological growth

| National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo
ISBN 9789027223289 (Eur) | EUR 110.00
ISBN 9781588113146 (USA) | USD 165.00
ISBN 9789027275363 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
The discovery of rules for the systematicity and dynamics of terminology creations is essential for a sound basis of a theory of terminology. This quest provides the driving force for The Dynamics of Terminology in which Dr. Kageura demonstrates the interaction of these two factors on a specific corpus of Japanese terminology which, beyond the necessary linguistic circumstances, also has a model character for similar studies. His detailed examination of the relationships between terms and their constituent elements, the relationships among the constituent elements and the type of conceptual combinations used in the construction of the terminology permits deep insights into the systematic thought processes underlying term creation. To compensate for the inherent limitation of a purely descriptive analysis of conceptual patterns, Dr. Kageura offers a quantitative analysis of the patterns of the growth of terminology. His fascinating and unique contribution to our understanding of the terminological process reveals the powerful interaction of linguistic possibilities and the naming process of conceptual entities.
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Table of Contents
Part I. Theoretical Background
1. Terminology: Basic Observations
2. The Theoretical Framework for the Study of the Dynamics of Terminology
Part II. Conceptual Patterns of Term Formation
3. Conceptual Patterns of Term Formations: The Basic Descriptive Framework
4. Conceptual Categories for the Description of Formation Patterns of Documentation Terms
5. Intra-Term Relations and Conceptual Specification Patterns
6. Conceptual Patterns of the Formation of Documentation Terms
Part III. Quantitative Patterns of Terminological Growth
7. Quantitative Analysis of the Dynamics of Terminology: A Basic Framework
8. Growth Patterns of Morphemes in the Terminology of Documentation
9. Quantitative Dynamics in Term Formation
Part IV. Conclusions
10. Towards Modelling Term Formation and Terminological Growth
Appendix A. List of Conceptual Categories
Appendix B. Lists of Intra-Term Relations and Conceptual Specification Patterns
Appendix C. List of Terms by Conceptual Categories
Appendix D. List of Morphemes by Conceptual Categories
“Undoubtedly, Kageura's study is an important step towards a theory of terminology and the dynamics of terminology. It offers an interesting novel framework for the study of terminology which can be extended and applied to other domains and/or languages. The book is well written, coherent in its theoretical conception and fascinating by its predictive power. The clear structure of the text is underpinned by a reader-friendly layout, summaries, tables and diagrams.”
“Kageura has done a good job of explaining his approach, and his judicious use of figures and tables help those readers who are not statisticians (the present reviewer included) to follow along.”
“This thoroughly scientific and absolutely original study of the dynamics and regularity of terminological creation makes a major contribution to the advancement of terminology as an autonomous field of study. It is a pioneering work in the true sense of the word and both its sound foundation and its findings will greatly assist in the formulation of a genuine theory of terminology.”
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