New Book ReleaseInfoling 9.11 (2016)

Author: Zarnikhi, Abolfazl
Title: Towards a Systemic Model for Terminology Planning
Year of Publication: 2016
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Previous work on terminology planning can be, more or less, divided into general guidelines, local planning, and translation-based activities. This book, however, by avoiding this line of research and any kind of prescription, represents a movement towards generalisation as a prerequisite of theorisation. Its research is predicated on the hypothesis that all terminological activities are founded upon some fundamental principles, which, at the same time, are manifested through context-bound variations or parameters.

A particular advantage of the book is its employing of both field research and a review of research literature. The former allows it to carry out a comparative study by using a maximum variation sampling technique for gathering data from four language agencies of different ecolinguistic situations, namely Termcat (Catalan), TNC (Swedish), DGLFLF (French), and the Academy of Persian Language and Literature in Iran. In order to this, it uses a questionnaire concentrating on the macro- and micro-structures of the target organisations as a route map. The literature review allows the book to benefit from research documents from more than thirty sociolinguistic communities.

The book’s unique feature includes the introduction of new concepts such as linguistics of science, systemic terminology, systemic planning, terminology argumentation, and sociocognitive terminometrics, among others. A further distinguishing feature is the fact that it discusses terminology not in a vacuum, but as a component of the language of science system.


Abolfazl Zarnikhi received an MA in Linguistics in 2000, with a dissertation that was later published by Iran University Press. As a result of a grant from the University Institute for Applied Linguistics (IULA), he completed his PhD under the supervision of Professor Teresa Cabré (Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona). He co-translated Guidelines for Terminology Policies into Persian in 2007, and has taught lexicology, cognitive linguistics, and English for Specific Purposes in various Iranian universities. His primary research focus is rendering the framework of linguistics of science and its application in the language of science planning and science education.

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Subject Area(s): Terminology

Table of Contents

List of Diagrams
List of Tables



Chapter One
An Overview of Terminology
1.1 Why Terms?
1.2 Foundation Stones
1.3 Core Concepts

Chapter Two
State-of-the-Art Terminology Planning
2.1 Comparative Studies in Language Planning
2.2 Language Planning Models
2.3 Comparative Studies in Terminological Activities
2.4 Studies on Terminology Planning
2.5 Studies on Models for Terminology Planning
2.6 A Comprehensive Summary

Chapter Three
A Theoretical Framework
3.1 Language Policy
3.2 Language Planning
3.3 Historical Evolution of Language Planning Theories
3.4 Language of Science Planning
3.5 Conclusion

Chapter Four
Methodology and Materials
4.1 Methodology
4.2 Thematic Material Classification
4.3 Conclusion

Chapter Five
Data Analysis
5.1 Planning Theory Layer
5.2 Linguistics of Science Layer
5.3 Implementation Layer
5.4 Evaluation
5.5 Conclusion

Chapter Six
Model Presentation and Conclusions
6.1 Model Presentation
6.2 Model Validation
6.3 Contributions of the Book
6.4 Conclusions


Format: Hardback
Pages: 255
ISBN: 1443888079
ISBN-13: 9781443888073
Price: 57,21 EUR

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Submission Date: September 7, 2016

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