Bridging the Gap between Description and Standardization: a Frame-based Version of NATO Glossaries

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Page499-508
AuthorPamela Faber, Pilar León-Araúz
TitleBridging the Gap between Description and Standardization: a Frame-based Version of NATO Glossaries
AbstractPromoting successful communication in multilingual military scenarios entails more than facilitating a standardized list of alphabetically arranged concepts. Given that misinterpreted messages can have dramatic consequences, text senders and receivers should also possess the same type of shared domain knowledge to facilitate mutual understanding, which we believe can be acquired if terminological resources are context-oriented or frame-based. Knowledge of terminological units and their meanings also signifies the awareness of how these units combine with others and in what scenarios these combinations may occur. Consequently, it is also necessary to understand the typical contexts activated within the specialized domain, and to have a grasp of the concepts and categories participating in them. In NATO, the need for terminology management has long been recognized, however, their glossaries do not provide a meaningful access to knowledge. This paper describes how the AMedP-13 (A) NATO glossary of medical terms could be adapted to a frame-based model in order to enhance knowledge acquisition in the medical military domain. The glossary was first converted into a pre-network structure derived from the glossary’s definitions and corpus data. After that, different interrelated categories were rearranged in the form of semantic frames, such as the evacuation process frame, which activates different object categories (medical officer, patient/casualty, medical facility, vehicle), that are better acquired in association with the process in which they participate.
SessionLexicography for Specialised Languages, Terminology and Terminography
Keywordsterminology management; frame-based terminology; NATO term; NATO glossaries; context
BibTex
@InProceedings{ELX2016-055,
author={Pamela Faber, Pilar León-Araúz},
title={Bridging the Gap between Description and Standardization: a Frame-based Version of NATO Glossaries},
pages={499-508},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 17th EURALEX International Congress},
year={2016},
month={sep},
date={6-10},
address={Tbilisi, Georgia},
editor={Tinatin Margalitadze, George Meladze},
publisher={Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi University Press},
isbn={978-9941-13-542-2},
}
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