12. The dynamics of terms and meaning in the domain of machining terminology in French and English

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This chapter addresses the dynamics of terms and meaning in specialised communication by means of a semantic investigation into the domain of machining and metalworking terminology. The double quantitative analysis consists of the identification and quantification of specialised vocabulary as well as the quantification of the semantic analysis by means of a monosemy measure. This approach involves a statistical analysis in order to come to linguistic conclusions. Accordingly, the study aims to question the univocity ideal in a quantitative way. It focuses on the methodology and shows that an interdisciplinary approach can yield valuable results. The study is completed by a small analysis on an English test corpus from the same domain in order to explore the semantic differences between (culturally different) corpora.


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