Third Terminology Seminar in Brussels (TSIB 2010)

Organised by CVC & Termisti

Theme: "The Dynamics of Terms in Specialised Communication"

Seminar pictures are available here!


Recent work in cognitive sciences attacks the idea that conceptual knowledge can be stored and retrieved. It has been shown that knowing cannot be separated from context, experience, culture and language. Cognition is believed to be a dynamic and negotiable process in which the creative potential of language plays an important role. The question for the seminar is how the insight concerning the dynamics of cognition has its impact on the study of terminology and special language as observed in multilingual and intercultural special language communication. Contributors to the seminar will be asked to explain how they deal with the dynamic aspects of terminology and special language communication.

  • What position do the speakers take towards the dynamics of cognition, the role of representation, embodied understanding, situatedness, cultural context?
  • What kinds of research do they undertake concerning cognitive dynamics, special communication and terminology? What methodologies do they apply?
  • What types of problems are encountered in a specific communicative setting (e.g. multilingual, intercultural,…)? How are these problems tackled?


Seminar proceedings in Terminology 17 (1)

The periodical Terminology. International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Issues in Specialized Communication (ISSN: 0929-9971; E-ISSN: 1569-9994) devoted a special issue in 2011 to the theme of the seminar. The reference of this special issue is:


Temmerman, Rita, and Marc Van Campenhoudt, ed. 2011. The Dynamics of Terms in Specialized Communication: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. Special issue of Terminology 17(1). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.