Terminology Clean-Up

Our terminology evaluation tool checks your term collection according to linguistic correctness, conceptual consistency, term formation standards and other criteria.

Your terminology has grown over years and is no longer consistent?

Your terminology is rather a glossary than a fully-fledged terminological resource?

Your terminology is scattered over different files, resources, databases and comes in different formats?

Then, the time might have come for a clean-up action.

Our Terminology Clean-Up Recognizes

  • spelling errors
  • British vs. American English
  • unknown words
  • terms in inflected form
  • ungrammatical syntagmas
  • writing of numbers
  • hyphenation issues
  • complexity of terms
  • terminological variants

Spell Checking

We detect orthographic errors such as incorrect spellings (for example accomodation device, acuracy of shape, angle of distorsion), or American vs. British English (for example acrylic fibers, acyl ester sulfonate). Where possible, we provide corrections for misspelled words.

Grammar Checking

As terms are best listed in their base form, we flag any occurrence of a term in plural form (for example abduction splints, abietic acid derivates, computer mice) and other unwanted linguistic forms such as prepositional expressions (for example with wheel disc brake) and incorrect syntagmas.

So far, we have not come across a single terminological resource without spelling errors.

Term Formation

An important aspect in compiling a terminology is the adherence to common principles of term formation. Terms consisting of a rather large number of words need to be assessed (for example advanced technology attachment with packet interface, or car washing plant cleaning products), as well as the issue of hyphenation (aboveground storage-tank vs. aboveground storage tank), the writing of numbers (for example 3-dimensional sewing vs. three dimensional imaging) and the use of compounds vs. syntagmas (cost reduction vs. reduction of costs). Our terminology evaluation examines all these facets of term formation. Thus it contributes to a consistent terminological resource.

Consistency

A vexing problem for terminology work is consistency. Concept-based terminology work means that only one linguistic expression is used to denote a specific concept. In more popular terms, the rule is to use the same term for the same thing. This means on the other hand: Avoid term variants! Our terminology eval­uation thus detects a broad range of term variants concerning:

  • spelling
    accelerated ageing vs. accelerated aging
  • hyphenation
    aero-acoustics vs. aeroacoustics
  • derivation
    acoustic holography vs. acoustical holography,
  • formation
    absorption of carbon dioxides vs. carbon dioxide absorption
  • synonymy
    maintenance costs vs. repair costs

Features

  • spell checking
  • correction of misspelled words
  • grammar checking
  • checking of term formation
  • checking of terminology consistency
  • detection of duplicates
  • results in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet

Unification of Terminological Resources

Terminology evaluation provides the opportunity to unify different terminological resources that come from different sources. Terminology evaluation detects all kinds of inconsistencies and duplicates. Each term is still referenced according to which source it comes from. This allows for example for an assessment of which term is relevant for which source, which term is relevant for different or all sources. The unification of different resources leads to a consistent, uniform terminological base.

Terminology Evaluation Right From the Beginning

Have you just started with building your terminological resource, maybe without even having a list of terms? Or do you want to tidy up your word lists and analyze your documents? Thus, do you want to collect more terms and integrate them into the already existing resource?

Then, why not combine terminology evaluation with our linguistic based term extraction? You do not only get new term candidates but also receive information about which term candidates can be problematic according to established term formation principles. Existing terminology or word lists can easily be taken into account in this process.

We Clean up Your Terminology Using the Most Up-To-Date Technology

Contact us with your requirements for the evaluation of your existing terminology.

We can meet your special requirements for terminology evaluation as well.

Your Contact Person

Our terminology clean-up specialists are happy to provide assistance with any questions regarding your company terminology.

E-mail+49 (0) 721 6677570

Axel Theofilidis
Language Technology Developer

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