A proposed method for analysing the dynamics of cognition through term variation

Sabela Fernández-Silva, Judit Freixa, M. Teresa Cabré

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Today, term variation is commonly accepted to be a widespread phenomenon in specialised communication. Although some degree of arbitrariness is inevitable, the expert's choice of a term variant is generally motivated to some extent. This article presents a methodology for describing the conceptually motivated patterns of term variation in a real corpus of special language. This method - which analyses the conceptual information displayed on the term's form - represents an attempt to provide a framework accounting for the flexibility of concepts and conceptual structures in a systematic way. Using data from a bilingual (French and Galician) corpus of texts related to coastal fishing and aquaculture, the applicability of proposed method for analysis is illustrated with a description of the variation patterns pertaining to terms designating human entity concepts within the corpus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-73
Number of pages25
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Conceptual analysis
  • Conceptual dynamics
  • Conceptual patterns of terms
  • Lexical choice
  • Term motivation
  • Term variation


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