Lexicography and terminology

Authored by: Lynne Bowker

The Routledge Handbook of Lexicography

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  October  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138941601
eBook ISBN: 9781315104942
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An oft-cited explanation of terminology 1 is that it refers to “the study of and field of activity concerned with the collection, description, processing and presentation of terms, i.e. lexical items belonging to specialized areas of usage of one or more languages” (Sager 1990: 2). Sager goes on to suggest that, in its objectives, terminology is akin to lexicography which combines the double aim of collecting information about the lexicon of a language with providing an information – and sometimes even an advisory – service to language users.

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