Appel: Terminology (special issue)

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Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:52:00 +0000
From: "L'Homme Marie-Claude" <mc.lhomme at>
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SPECIAL ISSUE OF TERMINOLOGY on Lexical-semantic Approaches to

Guest editors: Pamela Faber (University of Granada) and Marie-Claude
L’Homme (University of Montreal)


The importance of lexical semantics is increasing in terminology
work. This is in consonance with the fact that word and term meaning is
now in the spotlight, thanks to dictionary compilation, ontology
modeling, document indexing, and information retrieval. As such, lexical
semantics has become a convergence point for disciplines such as
lexicography, phraseology, corpus linguistics, pragmatics, and knowledge
representation, all of which are crucial to Terminology.

In the initial years of Terminology, meaning, viewed as an inherent
property of specialized knowledge units, was not given its due
importance. In fact, terms were not even regarded as true language units
but rather as mere labels for concepts. Definitions in term entries were
a data field that was often filled by automatically including
definitions found in other resources.

However, the advent of corpus linguistics and corpus pattern analysis
has brought many questions to the forefront in Terminology, such as term
variation and polysemy, which were previously not envisaged in
specialized language. Other issues include the identification of
specialized meaning in running text, as well as the relations between
terms and other lexical units. As a result, terminologists now have to
deal with term meaning and how it is represented in texts.

In addition, new methods for compiling specialized dictionaries and for
representing knowledge require sophisticated models to account for
fine-grained semantic distinctions and rich sets of paradigmatic and
syntagmatic relations. Such methods should be based on a coherent set of
theoretical premises. In this sense, a number of meaning-based
linguistic frameworks can be or have been usefully applied or adapted to
Terminology. These include the following:

- Cognitive Semantics (e.g. Talmy 2000)
- Explanatory Combinatorial Lexicology, ECL (Mel’cuk et al. 1984-1999;
- Frame Semantics (Fillmore 1982, 1985)
- The Generative Lexicon (Pustejovsky 1995)
- Lexical Grammar Model (Martín Mingorance 1998, Faber and Mairal 1999)

The editors invite submissions that present innovative research work or
articles addressing a central conceptual, theoretical, and/or empirical
investigation on lexical semantic approaches to Terminology and
Specialized Languages. Possible topics include but are not limited to
the following:

1. Conceptual modeling and knowledge representation as reflected in
   lexical structure
2. Representation of specialized meaning (e.g. definitions, argument
   structure, knowledge patterns)
3. Paradigmatic and/or syntagmatic relations
4. Applications of lexical-semantic frameworks to the analysis and
   management of terminological data
5. Extraction of semantic data from specialized corpora
6. Terminology knowledge bases that include or are based on lexical
   semantic frameworks
7. Lexical modeling for ontologies
8. Terminological metaphor

Papers should be written with Word and comprise between 20-30 pages
(max. 9,000 words). More information on formatting requirements can be
found on the John Benjamins website
( English is preferred (80%
of the contents), but submissions in French, Spanish or German will be
considered. Each issue of Terminology contains up to six or seven

Please send submissions to Pamela Faber (pfaber at

Scientific Committee
Guadalupe Aguado (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)
Pierrette Bouillon (École de traduction et d’interprétation, Université
de Genève, Switzerland)
Beatrice Daille (Université de Nantes, France)
Kyoko Kanzaki (Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan)
Pilar León-Arauz (Universidad de Granada, Spain)
Patrick Leroyer (Aarhus University, Denmark)
Ricardo Mairal (UNED, Madrid)
François Maniez (Université de Lyon, France)
Elizabeth Marshman (University of Ottawa, Canada)
Alain Polguère (Université de Lorraine & RELIEF ATILF CRNS, France)
Margaret Rogers (University of Surrey, UK)
Zuoyan Song (Beijing Normal University, China)
Carlos Subirats (Universidad de Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain)
Rita Temmerman (Erasmushogeschool, Belgium)
Gerd Wotjak (University of Leipzig, Germany)

Important dates
Submission date for full paper: January 31, 2014
Acceptance/Rejection notice: March 31, 2014
Final papers due: April 30, 2014
The special issue is scheduled to appear at the end of 2014.

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