Workshop 2011

The definition in terminology

International Workshop

Lisbonne – lundi 21 novembre 2011 – Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian
Rute Costa – CLUNL, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Christophe Roche – Equipe Condillac, Université de Savoie


The definition is a central operation in the work of a terminologist. It allows one to identify the concept, and to distinguish it from other concepts within the conceptual system to which it belongs.

Thus, we have to ask what does one mean by “identify the concept”? Does it mean that we give the concept a name in order to be able to speak about it? Does it mean that we describe it through linguistic usages of the term? Does it mean that we show its characteristics in the sense of the ISO standard 704? In spite of the fact that the concept of definition in terminology work has given rise to numerous works, it continues to be an ongoing problem whose answer depends on the purpose of the terminological work. Thus, the operationalisation of terminologies that is necessary for the retrieval of information requires new constraints. The explicit representation of the concept for computing has introduced the notion of formal definition of the concept in terminology work.

This workshop aims to study the concept of definition in terminology, in order to understand the relations and the mutual contributions between the definition in natural language and the formal definition whose benefits are as much epistemological as computational.


09h00 Welcome

09h30 : La définition, Frédéric Nef – École des hautes études en sciences sociales (France)
10h15 : Terminological definition, Gerhard Budin - Universität Wien (Autriche)

11h00: Coffee break

The definition in natural language
11h30 : Définition en langue, Rute Costa – Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal)
12h15 : Extensional definition, Henrik Nilsson – Terminologicentrum (Suède)

13h00: Lunch

14h30 : Intensional definition, Hanne Erdman Thomsen - Copenhagen Business School (Danemark)

The formal definition
15h15 : Définition ontologique, Christophe Roche – Université de Savoie (France)
16h45 : Langages de modélisation, Hendrik Kockaert & Frieda Steurs – Lessius Hogeschool (Belgique)
16h45 – 17h00 Conclusion


Workshop fee : 75 euros
Students workshop fee : 50 euros

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