IMOT Basic Course on Terminology for Beginners and Beyond (self-paced and free!)
It’s been two years of writing on this blog and I figured it was time to bring the basics together in one place for ease of reference. So I gathered the most relevant posts to present them in the form of a basic course. You will also find this blog post as a new page under “Terminology 101” for future reference. And, of course, I will be adding information as this blog grows, so keep visiting!
An overview of the basic terminology and approaches used. But first, make sure you read about how to overcome Terminologiphobia!
What is Terminology? One of my first blog posts!
Terminology, Terminography, Lexicology, Lexicography. An overview of the differences and similarities.
The Science of Terminology. Is it really a science?
The onomasiological and semasiological approaches. It’s easier to understand than to pronounce!
The Synchronic and Diachronic Approaches of Terminology (includes a chess analogy and a fun cartoon, just because studying terminology doesn’t have to be boring!)
Terminologization. De-terminologization. Re-terminologization. It seems that one of our favorite pastimes is changing the meaning of regular words to give them a new meaning.
Glossary, lexicon, thesaurus, nomenclature, Ontology, Taxonomy. How to tell them apart?
One of the first questions I asked myself when I learned about this profession: What does a terminologist do?
New role description for terminologists. An updated description.
The Terminologist Job Description. A collection of descriptions.
From Translator to Terminologist: Terminology as a Professional Career. Learn about how famous terminologists ended up loving this profession.
Why is Terminology your Passion? TermCoord’s free online publication of interviews is a great reference to learn about what terminologists do around the world.
TERMINOLOGY PROJECT MANAGEMENT
There are terminologists and terminologists. Whether you work in small or large projects you need to know the fundamentals of it.
What is the difference between Terminologist and Terminology Project Manager?
Three skills you need to have as Terminology Project Manager.
Terminology Project Management: All the basics here!
Understanding how to deal with concepts is key to understanding terminology
The concept-oriented approach: It’s not about the terms!
Deconstructing designations: Term, Appelation, Symbol. You have to know this to understand the rest!
The Semantic Triangle: Words don’t mean, people mean. The most searched-for topic in my blog.
The link between terms and concepts are definitions.
How to handle definitions in termbase creation
TERMBASES AND TERM WORK
It’s time to have fun with terminology work!
My termbase cheat sheet. A downloadable file on don’t and don’ts of termbases.
The Ins and Outs of Term Validation (a blog post reblogged by ATA’s blog “The Savvy Newcomer”).
What is granularity?
Language codes versus country codes. Which ones do you use for a termbase?
Tacking Terminology in a New Field: A practical case
Searching the Internet: How much can you trust it?
THE LEGAL STUFF
As with anything you do in life, always make sure you understand the legal aspects of terminology work.
Product liability: Beware of how you handle your terms!
Terminology Standards. If you work with clients, you need to know that standards are binding if you sign a contract saying that you are using them.
My collection of blog posts that talks about tools
A Terminologist’s ToolBox: My blog posts explaining in detail a few of the tools used by terminologists. All the goodies!
I came to know about corpus analysis tool last year and I got hooked! I now believe that it’s a must-have tool that will help you in your terminology work, maybe more than you think.
THE BENEFITS OF TERMINOLOGY
Learn how to prepare your business case
HISTORY AND THEORY
Because history and theory doesn’t have to be so hard to understand, I designed infographics and PowerPoint presentations to explain them.
Terminology theory in easy-to-swallow pills (A PowerPoint presentation)
THE FUTURE OF TERMINOLOGY IS HERE
Terminology is past, present, and future. And the future couldn’t look brighter!
The Future of Terminology in the Internet of Things
Terminology and Crowdsourcing
Terminology: The bridge between worlds
Last but not least, a blog is born: An interview by TermCoord in which I talk about how this blog started. And let’s keep learning together about Terminology, use these Twitter handles and hashtags to be connected and read about the latest Terminology news, articles and more in my Terminology Padlet (and share your own!). Visit my Delicious page for additional terminology resources and my Facebook page (because you just can’t get enough!)