IMOT’s top blog posts and pages on terminology in 2017
What better way to celebrate this New Year than sharing with you the 10 most popular posts and the 5 top pages in this blog for 2017. Just a note of caution: A few links within these posts are no longer active; however, I have left them as reference because I had originally quoted or adapted information from them to write the posts.
Terminology blog posts
- The Semantic Triangle: Words don’t mean, people mean. This post is always among the most read ones, and I am not surprised as this is one of the pillars of terminology theory. I am glad to see that readers are so interested in learning about the basics of terminology, which is a great incentive for me to continue writing about terminology “in my own terms”.
- Writing your terminology project goals. There is no doubt that the message has been received. Knowledge of terminology management is a must if you want to be a successful terminologist. This post was one of a series of posts on terminology project management that I published a few years ago and it is still a popular subject.
- Top terminology databases for translators. If there is one aspect that we all share is the thirst for new sources of reliable information. This post gathered the top terminology databases that are out there. The fact that they are being constantly updated makes them trustworthy and valuable.
- The onomasiological and semasiological approach. I remember the first time I heard these terms when I was learning about terminology, and I remember the day that I wrote it. Researching and writing about these concepts helped me better understand them and my goal was to convey the message in a way that was understandable for all. I like to think that those who read posts like this have that Aha! moment that I had at the time I wrote it.
- Is this a glossary, a lexicon, or a thesaurus? How to tell them apart. It is always one of the first questions we make ourselves when we deal with technical vocabulary. My small contribution to answer some basic questions.
- The Terminologist’s job description. The first question I had when I heard about terminology was “What does a terminologist exactly do? I have updated this blog post with the most recent contributions by terminologists Georgeta Ciobanu and Rodolfo Maslias.
- The Synchronic and Diachronic approaches of terminology. Another post on theory. It looks like people were interested in learning the basic concepts on terminology in 2017. I was also glad to hear from readers who indicated that my blog not only helped them understand terminology better but also had motivated them to study terminology and take further training, which has always been one of my main goals with this blog.
- An overview of concept relationships and why they are important in terminology. It is quite interesting to see the preferences of people from one year to another. Last year the favorite posts were a mix of everything; this year the theory seems to be the winner. This blog was created for beginners and beyond, but mostly for beginners. This is why I have tried to explain theory in easy terms, so that people are encouraged to learn more.
- Create your first corpus and analyze it with AntConc (and related links to explore). No doubt corpus analysis is one of the top tools that any linguist should have and use. AntConc is one of my favorite tools and I am glad to see that readers are interested in learning about it.
- ISO standards on terminology. An introduction to the standards used in terminology is always welcome when you take your first steps in terminology. It is a mandatory skill in terminology to know the standards and I think this posts gathers the information you need.
Terminology blog pages
- e-Book: Terminology for beginners. I am so happy to see that my first e-book was so well received in 2017. I am glad that putting together these posts was worth the effort.
- Terminology extraction tools. People are always looking for tools that might be out there and that they had not discovered yet, so I am not surprised to see that this is number two.
- Terminology 101. Again, language lovers are thirsty for knowledge, and I truly believe that sharing information on terminology this way has turned them into terminology lovers too. This page was the first step to write the e-book.
- Terminology blogs. What makes terminology extra special for me is to be able to meet other terminology bloggers. I think we all complement each other really well. Thumbs up to Rodolfo Maslias, Licia Corbolante, Maria Pia Montero, and Besharat Fathi, who lead these blogs and promote terminology every day.
- Delicious links. A collection in del.icio.us of terminology sources. Always a top winner!
Again, thank you for visiting and revisiting my blog. As always, feel free to send me a note with comments, feedback, or suggestions. Happy New Year!