Appel: pecial issue of the journal "Terminology" : Application-driven Terminology engineering

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3rd Call for contributions


A special issue of the "Terminology : An international journal of
Theoretical and Applied issues in Specialized communication",
Marie-Claude L'Homme & Ulrich Heid (eds.), John Benjamins Publishing,

will be devoted to : "Application-driven Terminology engineering"

Guest editors : Maria-Teresa Cabre, Annes Condamines,
Fidelia Ibekwe-SanJuan

-- Topic of the issue --

This special issue, following a 2-day workshop held in January 2004 on
"Terminology, Ontology & Knowledge Representation" in Lyon (France),
wishes to address the specific issue of how terminological knowledge
is used and managed within specific applications. It is thus an
application-oriented terminology engineering issue.

Most applications within knowledge engineering deal with terms but
they define or process them differently according to the application
targeted. More precisely, knowledge engineering makes use of
ontologies, it means more or less formal knowledge representation
using terms and relations between them. The text units considered in
an ontology engineering framework may differ depending on uses to
which the ontology is put and also may differ from the units
considered in other application areas like information retrieval,
terminology knowledge acquisition, dictionary construction or enhanced

The usefulness of terminology in applications areas like specialised
lexicon construction, acquisition of semantic relations from texts,
terminology knowledge base (TKB) construction have been demonstrated
and many tools have been designed for such purposes. These works have
adopted an empirical stance, based on corpora, thus stressing the
necessary anchoring of term extraction, term definition and inter-term
relation identification on the contexts of use. Researchers working in
this field have reached a consensus on the fact that the meaning of a
term is not always unique but depends a lot on the context, on the
sub-speciality using it. In the wake of these works were also many
scientific events at national and international levels: conferences
(TIA, TKE), workshops within international conferences (COMPUTERM 1998
and 2002). A fair amount of literature exists on the definition and
nature of terms, on term-concept relations, on term extraction methods
and tools. Also, another research direction that has received much
attention is terminology variation and structuring using different
linguistic levels of analysis (morphology, syntax, semantic). This
call concerns more specifically the links between terminology or
ontology construction and an application.

A particular attention will be paid to papers who justify the
definition and processing of terms within an application framework,
i.e., papers should make clear to what extent the application needs
influence the type of text units analysed and the types of processing
to which they are subjected, thus indicating how this departs from the
mainstream theoretical definitions of terms and their properties. Note
however that papers dealing only with the theoretical definitions of
terms, concepts and their relations will fall outside the scope of
this special issue as this has been widely debated and documented in
the literature. The thrust should be on how the targeted application
influences terminology engineering or management. Solid references
should be made to works already done on similar applications in order
to gauge the added-value gained from terminology processing.

Another topic which this special issue will like to investigate is
corpus-dependent terminology processing. Some studies have pointed out
the fact that the type of corpus used in a particular study can
influence the types of semantic relation markers found and the types
of relations they embody. Thus papers dealing with how corpus genre
affects the type of terminological knowledge acquired are also

Contributions should be original and unpublished studies dealing with
the use of terminology in the following application areas (non
exhaustive) :
- corpus-driven terminology knowledge base
- corpus-driven ontology design
- corpus-driven acquisition of semantic relations
- computer-assisted terminology structuring (CAST)
- computer-assisted language learning (CALL)
- corpus-dependent terminology knowledge processing
- competitive intelligence (CI), - scientific and technology watch (STW)
- text mining (TM ) - question - Answering (Q-A)
- information extraction (IE)

Our aim in this special issue is to bring to light current research on
the importance of terminology in these areas, to show that issues
related to terminology processing cross several boundaries and are
quite central in many non-classical application areas. As such,
special attention will be given to papers describing the use of
terminology in the above mentioned areas.

Format for submissions

Authors should conform to formatting guidelines which can be found on
the publisher's website :, (click "Journals",
"Terminology" and then "Guidelines") or at the end of printed issues
of the journal. Papers should be written in Word and must not exceed
30 double-spaced pages with the required formatting. Submissions in
English is preferred but French, Spanish and German are also

Special advisory board for this issue
Khurshid Ahmad (University of Surrey, UK)
Sophia Ananiandou (University of Salford, UK)
Nathalie Aussenac-Gilles (IRIT, Toulouse, France)
Bruno Bachimont (INA, Paris, France)
Caroline Barriere (National Research Council, Canada)
Didier Bourigault( Erss, CNRS-Toulouse, France)
Beatrice Daille (IRIN, Univ. of Nantes, France)
Kyo Kageura (National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, Japan)
Sylvie Laine-Cruzel (Ersicom, Univ. of Lyon 3, France)
Genevieve Lallich (Ursidoc, Univ. of Lyon 1, France)
Widad Mustafa El-Hadi (Univ. de Lille 3, France)
Blaise Nkwenti-Azeh (UMIST, Manchester, UK)
Jean Royaute (LIF,CNRS-Marseille, France)
Monique Slodzian (CRIM/INALCO, Paris, France)
Sylvie Szulman (LIPN, Univ. de Paris 13, France)
Rita Temmerman (Erasmusshogeschool, Brussel Belgium)
Philippe Thoiron (CRTT, Univ. de Lyon 2, France)

lmportant dates
30 June 2004 : Deadline for paper submissions
20 September 2004 : Notification of answers to authors
30 October 2004 : camera ready copies
Tentative printing schedule : first quarter of 2005.

Send your contributions in Word format to both ibekwe at and
anne.condamines at

Ibekwe-SanJuan Fidelia
Workshop "Terminology, Ontology & Knowledge representation"

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