TOTh 2012 : Training session


Title: Text analysis for onomasiological purposes

  • Dates: June 5 & 6, 2012
  • Localisation: Mountain Institute, Scientific Campus, Le Bourget du Lac


  • Prof. Rute Costa, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
  • Prof. Christophe Roche, Université de Savoie

Overall presentation

Terminologists play a central role in professional activities where discursive skills, knowledge transfer and its organization are required. Terminologies are essential elements for precise and effective specialized communication, and also occur in many computer applications for managing and processing information. Building terminologies is a complex task that implies considering their linguistic and conceptual dimensions. Text analysis for onomasiological purposes is particularly helpful in assisting the drafting of definitions in Terminology.

In many professional settings, texts are at the core of Terminology work. As a consequence, it is important to know what texts provide as useful elements for terminology work focused on concepts*. The linguistic analysis of texts for terminological purposes requires specific knowledge. Besides the extraction of term and collocation candidates, the goal is to present methodologies for the identification of linguistic markers and semantic relations.

Those elements that are necessary to write definitions of concepts in natural language are kept. The results obtained allow us to propose a possible organization of data that can be submitted to the expert. In this approach, the domain expert, within a multidisciplinary team, plays a pivotal role. During the data validation stage, the expert «stabilizes» the knowledge about a concept, thus enabling knowledge engineers to model the corresponding formal system.

*The conceptual approach, which is at the basis of the classical approach in Terminology, is considered a requirement for the operability of terminologies for engineering purposes. In this context, ontologies are at the core of the formal modelling of concept systems.


The training session aims to promote collaboration between language and knowledge professionals, besides presenting the theories, methods and tools for text analysis for terminological purposes, thus providing:

  • language professionals with a methodological and systematic approach to definition;
  • knowledge professionals with linguistic skills important for knowledge acquisition from language resources.

Target audience

Linguists, Terminologists, Translators, Documentalists, Computer engineers, Knowledge engineers…


  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Theoretical framework: terminology, ontology
  • 3. Specialized texts
    • 3.1. Text typology
  • 4. Extraction of terminological data
    • 4.1. Term candidates
    • 4.2. Collocation candidates
    • 4.3. Semantic relations via linguistic markers
    • 4.4. Organization of terminological data
    • 4.5. Validation by the expert
  • 5. From texts to definitions
  • 5.1. Definition(s) of definition
    • 5.2. Elements of definitions for drafting purposes
    • 5.3. Role of the expert in the validation of results
  • 6. Mediation between terminologist and expert
  • 7. From natural language definition to formal definition
  • 8. Synthesis


  • Mardi, June 5, from 14h30 to 17h30
  • Mercredi, June 6, from 09h00 to 17h00


  • Prof. Rute Costa, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
  • Prof. Christophe Roche, Université de Savoie
  • Sergio Barros, CUNL
  • Raquel Silva, CUNL

Registration fees

Students: 80 €
Academics: 100 €
Industrials: 140 €

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