The Expression of Definitions in Specialised Texts: a Corpus-based Analysis

Page817-824
AuthorJennifer Pearson
TitleThe Expression of Definitions in Specialised Texts: a Corpus-based Analysis
AbstractThis paper explores the notion that terms are often, either explicitly or implicitly, defined or explained in certain types of texts. I argue that defining can be described as a performative action when, to paraphrase, Austin, the circumstances are felicitous. I describe the felicity conditions which must be met in order for statements to be considered as partial definitions or explanations of terms. The work outlined in this paper forms part of a broader investigation into the possibility of producing specifications for the (semi-) automatic identification and retrieval of terminological definitions from corpora.
SessionPART 6 - Terminology and Dictionaries for Special Purposes
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@InProceedings{ELX96_2-045,
author = {Jennifer Pearson},
title = {The Expression of Definitions in Specialised Texts: a Corpus-based Analysis},
pages = {817-824},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 7th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {1996},
month = {aug},
date = {13-18},
address = {Göteborg, Sweden},
editor = {Martin Gellerstam, Jerker Järborg, Sven-Göran Malmgren, Kerstin Norén, Lena Rogström, Catalina Röjder Papmehl},
publisher = {Novum Grafiska AB},
isbn = {91-87850-14-1},
}
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