TTW: De nieuwe generatie
  • ISSN 0169-7420
  • E-ISSN: 2213-4883
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The language of communication in the oil and gas industry is mainly English. This causes a communication problem for oil companies in countries where English is not the official language.Although a large part of English oil terminology has now been translated into Dutch, a considerable part is still being used in the original English forms.Under the authority of an oil company I compiled a basic bilingual wordlist for the oil and gas industry. Afterwards, it proved worthwhile to investigate to what extent this practical assignment fits in with the terminological knowledge of a translator.The compilation process was divided into seven phases, namely:1. Formulation of the preconditions- target group- type of the wordlist- size (number of lemmas)- compilation time- budget2. Definition of the field of studyBy means of a number of oil and gas publications and handbooks, a classification of the field of study was made.3. Collection / evaluation of the materialThe wordlist was compiled on the basis of both bi- en monolingual publications and handbooks.4. SelectionThe lemmas were selected both on the basis of their frequency in the texts and the expertise of the translator/compiler.5. VerificationThe translations were verified by means of specialized dictionaries, handbooks, monolingual texts and lawbooks. Subsequently, the wordlist was divided into three catagories indicating the degree of reliability of the translation.6. Lexical descriptionIn this phase, the layout of the entry was defined.7. PresentationIt was decided to present the entries in alpabetical order.It proved that, in practice, the compilation process was slightly different from the hypothetical, theoretical process, due to certain restrictions. We concluded, however, that the compilation process fits in well with terminological theories, taking into account the compiler's background and the restrictions.


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