Cognitive approaches to the study of term variation

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This chapter presents a cognitive approach to research on terminological variation, which posits that term variation is cognitively motivated, since it reflects differences on how specialized concepts are categorized by different individuals in different contexts. Firstly, an overview is given of the theoretical principles that focus on the flexible nature of specialized knowledge categorization and naming. Secondly, we present a classification of the cognitive factors of term variation, which differentiates between systemic and contextual factors. Thirdly, we report the results of a study on the cognitive function of term variation, which indicate that term variation is used as a cognitive strategy to transfer specialized knowledge, but also to avoid repetition, accommodate the text to the audience, or generalize.

Idioma originalInglés
Título de la publicación alojadaTheoretical Perspectives on Terminology
Subtítulo de la publicación alojadaExplaining terms, concepts and specialized knowledge
EditoresPamela Faber, Marie-Claude L'Homme
EditorialJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Páginas435-455
Número de páginas21
ISBN (versión digital)9789027257789
DOI
EstadoPublicada - 2022
Publicado de forma externa

Serie de la publicación

NombreTerminology and Lexicography Research and Practice
Volumen23
ISSN (versión impresa)1388-8455

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