Appel: Terminology 12 (2), Processing of Terms in Dictionaries

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Wed Jul 6 07:01:47 UTC 2005

Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2005 16:01:11 -0400
From: "L'Homme Marie-Claude" <mc.lhomme at>
Message-ID: <3752D4FD99DEA645B9AC9DE175D8C11406F6EC84 at>

The Processing of Terms in Dictionaries: New models and techniques -
Special Issue of Terminology 12(2)


Terminological work has changed in a number of ways frequently
reported in Terminology (design of ontologies, relationships between
knowledge engineering and terminology, computational terminology). One
of the applications that has evolved considerably but that has not
received all the attention it deserves is that of the processing of
terms in dictionaries.

Both lexicography and terminology have undergone methodological
changes during the past decades and some of these changes have
challenged the traditional dividing line between the disciplines. Even
though the units they take into account differ (lexicography aims at
providing descriptions for lexical units while terminology focuses on
terms), both disciplines rely heavily on electronic corpora to gather
evidence on the units that will appear in dictionaries and on
different computer tools to collect information on these units. They
also both turn to new formal theoretical models to account for subtle
semantic distinctions or semantic relationships (paradigmatic or
syntagmatic) in dictionaries. We can cite the Generative Lexicon
(Pustejovsky 1995), Semantic Frames (Fillmore et al. 2001) and the
Combinatorial Explanatory Lexicology (Mel'cuk et
al. 1984-1999). Finally, terminological and lexicographical resources
are increasingly used in natural language processing (NLP)
applications. However, contrary to lexicography, in terminology, these
changes have had a profound impact on the way we view the discipline
as a whole and its thereotical standpoints.

We invite contributions that will address a specific issue related to
specialized dictionary making. Special attention will be given to work
aiming at compiling specialized dictionaries and providing answers to
the theoretical issues that arise during dictionary making.

Contributions should be original and unpublished in-depth articles
dealing with one of the following topics (non-exhaustive) :

· Methodological changes that have occurred in terminology; 
· Definition of the term or terminological unit; 
· Theoretical or formal models proposed to described terms; 
· Conceptual versus semantic approaches to the description of terms; 
· Interactions between modern lexicography and terminology; 
· Use of lexicological theoretical frameworks in dictionary making; 
· Incorporation of complex lexical relationships in specialized
· Innovative specialized dictionary compilation (e.g., specialized
  learner's dictionaries); 
· Comparative studies of specialized and general dictionaries; 
· Computer techniques used in the compilation of dictionaries. 


Papers should be written with Word and comprise between 20-30
pages. More information on formatting requirements can be found on the
John Benjamins website ( English is preferred but
submissions in French, Spanish and German will be considered.  Please
send submissions to Marie-Claude L'Homme: mc.lhomme at Each
issue of Terminology contains six articles.

lmportant dates 

15 October 2005: Deadline for submissions 
15 December 2005: Notification to authors 
15 February 2006: Final versions sent to the editor 

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