Multidimensional Classification of Concepts for Terminological Purposes

Lynne Bowker


Terminology is the science concerned with the linguistic representation ofconcepts; it entails collecting, describing, processing, and presenting terms (Le. lexical items belonging to specialized subject fields) in one or more languages. Applied work in terminology is carried out in two modes: 1) punctual term research, concerned with a single concept-term unit; and 2) thematic term research, concerned with mapping out the conceptual structure of a specific subject field or subfield (as exhaustively as possible), and describing all the concept-term units that fall within it. For the purpose of this paper, we will focus on thematic term research as it has wider implications for classification and multidimensionality.

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