Motivated (or transparent) terms

When reading about the formation of new terms (neology), you might come across the term “motivated” or “transparent” term. A motivated term represents key features of a concept. Sonneveld and Loening on Chemical Neologisms note that “A term… Read More

SmarTerms 13: Orismology

World Wide Words explains that the creation of the term orismology was an attempt by entomologists William Kirby and William Spence to replace “terminology”, which they didn’t like because it was formed by a Latin stem and a… Read More

My SmarTerm 12: Clipping

Clipping is used in the creation of new terms, also known as “truncation” or “shortening”. There are four types of clipping: Initial (or apheresis), medial (or syncope), final (or apocope) and complex clipping. Final or hind clipping (also… Read More

My SmarTerms 11: Terminometrics

Terminometrics is the measurement of terminology use within a subject field or, as defined by Bhreathnach, the study of term implantation. Termium defines it as the “analysis of the usage of concurrent terms designating a given concept” and… Read More

MySmarTerms 10: Termhood and Unithood

These two little, strong terms are widely used in automatic term extraction (ATE) and I wanted to introduce them today as a first contact with the complex world of ATE, which can get highly technical. I wouldn’t dare… Read More

MySmarTerms 9: (De-) (Re-) Terminologization

Terminologization. De-terminologization. Re-terminologization. Don’t fret! These are three long words that are easy to understand (Take a look at my illustration below). They are term formation methods. The new terms that we create by means of these methods… Read More

My SmarTerms 8: The Synchronic and Diachronic approaches of terminology

The General Theory of Terminology (also known as the Traditional Theory) proposes as one of its approaches to terminology work that terms and concepts should be studied synchronically, that is, analyzed in one period in time, usually the… Read More

Termontography… What?

It would almost seem like a word taken from a paleontology dictionary for most of us. So I present to you: Termontography! Termontography is a hybrid term from Terminology, Ontology (the study of the categories of things that exist… Read More

MySmarTerms 5: The Semantic Triangle: Words don’t mean; people mean

“Foolish Questions” (William Cole) Where can a man buy a cap for his knee? Or a key for a lock of his hair? Can your eyes be called an academy Because there are pupils there? In the crown… Read More

MySMARTerms 4: The onomasiological and semasiological approaches

Try to pronounce these two terms without getting tongue twisted! Sometimes terms are created to make people think that knowledge is beyond their reach, but the truth is there is always an easier way to explain things. Unless… Read More

MySmartTerm 2: Terminology, terminography, lexicology, lexicography

These concepts, all derived from applied linguistics, are usually subject to debate. The following descriptions may seem simplistic to the more experienced person, but my intention is to provide simple explanations and, if your curiosity is piqued, go… Read More

MySMARTerm1: What is Terminology?

I thought about SMART terms while I was listening to a terminology webinar on the business case. I already knew the acronym*, but I thought it was a smart idea (pun intended!) to use it as terminology management… Read More