Terminology: The bridge between worlds

bridgeGlancing through the Spanish version of M. Teresa Cabré’s book entitled “Terminology: Theory, Methods, Applications”, I read the preface by Juan Sager who referred to terminology as a bridge between multiple worlds, and I couldn’t agree more with him.

I think it summarizes so well the goal of terminology: creating bridges between us and other worlds, to facilitate communication, to share information, and, subsequently, increase the knowledge base of each specialized field.

Sager says that just as you don’t know every aspect about your own native language, a specialist cannot possibly know all the terminology in his field. Thanks to terminology, translators, interpreters, documentalists, and terminologists are able to convey valuable –and accurate– information, even if they are unable to perform heart surgery, build a car, develop new software, or design a wind turbine.

Managing terminology is critical for both linguists and specialists. After all, both are aiming to achieve the same: communicate or facilitate communication using accurate, specialized terminology. The coming years will certainly see an increase in terminology arising from new professions and emerging technologies.

Take, for example, the article “70 jobs for 2030” on emerging careers. The careers of the future range from “Augmented reality architect” and “Bio-botic physician” to “digital archaeologist” and “Terabyter”. And you can be sure terminology will be at the heart of all these new developments. We are already starting to see new terminology constantly being introduced arising from rapidly evolving fields, such as storage networking—currently being systematically gathered by the Advancing Storage and Information Technology (SNIA).

As for the new technologies, you just need to surf the Internet to find things like the “memristor”, a microscopic component that can “remember” electrical states even when turned off; far cheaper and faster than flash storage. Also, big data and analytics, internet of things (IoT), gaming and entertainment, wearables, robots and drones are just a few of the technologies that will impact not only our profession but other industries.

With this in mind, the leitmotiv of this blog for this new year of 2016 will remain the same: to make people aware of the importance of managing terminology effectively so that the link that connects those bridges does not break. Every new technology and profession will require building new bridges and, thus, I start this new year hoping that each blog post will be a solid brick to reinforce and cross those bridges with ease and confidence.

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Sources and recommended reading:

  1. Law, Louise. Welocalize. Five Consumer Technology Trends Impacting Localization.
  2. Null, Christopher. 15 Hot New Technologies That Will Change Everything. PCWorld. [consulted on 1/3/16]
  3. The 2015 SNIA dictionary. [consulted on 1/3/16].
  4. Wagner, Cynthia. “Emerging Careers and How to Create Them. 70 jobs for 2030”, World Future Society [consulted on 1/3/16].

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