Terminology and lexicography in the digital age

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Terminology science, a subject characterised by its interdisciplinarity, is two-dimensional, linguistic, and conceptual by nature. Any terminological work grounded in this two-dimensional nature must consider these two dimensions, regardless of the methodological approach used – semasiological or onomasiological – for the ‘systematic collection, description, processing and presentation of concepts and their designations’ (ISO 1087: 2019, p. 13). Whatever the approach, and at some point, the terminologist must identify the term and the concept it designates (semasiology), or the concept and the term that designates it (onomasiology), where the definition renders the relationship between one and the other stable. The text plays a key role in this approach. In the text, we find terms, i.e., linguistic markers that reveal the existence of the concepts they denote or even linguistic elements that indicate the characteristics that make up the concepts denoted by the terms present in the texts, contextual definitions, and defining contexts. On the other hand, lexicography has undergone a radical change in the past two decades, especially with technological advances. This paradigm shift is also directly related to the advancement of digital humanities, which quickly became an aggregator of several scientific disciplines, where terminology plays a role. In this conference, we will focus both on terminology science and lexicography as two complementary disciplines with different social purposes. Both deal with lexical units (terms and non-terms). We will demonstrate the impact of terminology and knowledge organisation in making specialised communication more efficient. Our vision is anchored in the double dimension of terminology, which comprises corpus processing and analysis plus ontologies, enabling interoperability and how terminology methods are helping to improve lexicographic resources. This talk aims to describe, on the one hand, the theoretical and methodological reflections underpinning terminological and lexicographical work, on the other hand, some of the resulting applications, namely as regards: (i) knowledge organisation, particularly the synergies resulting from the interconnection of terminology and other disciplines; (ii) the use of the right terms to designate the fundamental concepts in each one of the domains under study; (iii) the dissemination of (multilingual) specialised information to both expert and non-expert audiences; (iv) information sharing, especially in a format which can be reused by other communities, thereby fostering collaboration, and avoiding the unnecessary duplication of efforts. All these questions influence the choice of the most suitable terms and/or vocabulary for the social, political and economic situation underlying a given application. Terminology’s double dimension, which we regard as the foundation of terminology work, will also be addressed.
Period17 Dec 2021
Event title6th International Conference on Language, Linguistics, and Technology
Event typeConference
LocationVigo, SpainShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Knowledge organisation
  • Lexicography
  • Specialised information
  • Terminology