8. The dynamics of terminology in short-term diachrony

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This chapter presents a corpus-based methodology to observe the dynamics of terminology in short-term diachrony. This study responds to a request from the French national space agency and illustrates how a practical context offers new perspectives on the diachronic dimension in terminology. The linguistic methodology we propose reveals an original portrayal of knowledge evolution in space technologies: 17 types of evolutions are listed, revealing the heterogeneity and richness of terminology dynamics and offering a descriptive basis to start new subsequent research to complete this approach. This work indeed opens up new paths of methods and discussion to better understand the dynamics of terms, both regarding their nature and the elements that can influence them.


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