11. Concept change, term dynamics and culture-boundness in economic-administrative domains

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A central purpose in terminology work is to capture the conceptual structures of the domains and relevant terminology. However, knowledge development may result in dynamism in both concepts and terms, something which challenges this pursuit. The fact that some concepts can easily be transferred from one language culture to another, whereas other concepts are highly culture bound, complicates the task even further. Three different economic-administrative domains are used to exemplify this challenge, i.e., Organisational Behaviour, Financial Accounting and Crisis, Restructuring and Growth. The chapter demonstrates how the factors causing knowledge development and concept changes in the three domains are quite different, and how this calls for different corpora from which to extract terminographic or lexicographic data.


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