Call for papers. TIA2013 Workshop : Lexical movement and its impact on specialised resources

As a satellite event to the 10th International Conference on Terminology and Artificial
Intelligence (TIA) that will take place at Université Paris 13 from October 28th to October
30th 2013, the following multidisciplinary workshop will be held:

Lexical movement and its impact on specialised resources

Since the 1990’s, research in terminology has clearly demonstrated that
terms are subject to variation. It is now a known fact that the causes for
terminological variation are numerous, as described by Judit Freixa in an
article published in 2004.

In many cases, terminological variation is the result of different
“movements” of terms and concepts which are happening either in time (we
then speak of diachronic variation) or space (diatopic variation) as can be
observed through the regional variation between France, Switzerland and
Quebec, for example. Similarly, although less described, terminological
variation can also happen at the social level (diastratic variation). Other
causes of lexical movements also need to be investigated from a
terminological perspective, such as the links between subject fields and
the migration of terms from general language to specialized languages, or
vice-versa (the terminologization and determinologisation phenomena, as
described and named by Ingrid Meyer).

Although these movements are documented and-at least partially-described,
the point of view generally adopted to describe terms, which is
subject-specific and synchronic, does not allow for an adequate
description and understanding of those movements,which are not,
consequently, adequately handled in the framework of terminology. The study
of term variation from a theoretical point of view should lead to
methodological approaches which would allow for the proper management of
the different types of variation in electronic dictionaries, lexical
databases and ontologies.

Based on these observations, the objective of this workshop is to fuel
reflection on the nature of terminological variation, its impacts, and what
would be required to support terminological variation for specialized
communication and/or terminographical resources, through the various types
of “movements” such variation is built on. This workshop hopes to bring
together researchers from disciplines such as terminology, corpus
linguistics, lexicology, lexicography, computer science and cognitive
science in order to gain different perspectives on the subject.


Topic 1 – Identification of the need to take into account terminological
variation related to lexical movements (diachronic, diatopic, diastratic,

  • Case studies or examples that show the importance of taking variation
    into account in various contexts related to terminology, translation,
    ontology building or enrichment, information retrieval, lexicography, etc.
  • Impact on knowledge management and linguistic risk mitigation, and
    potential solutions for such problems

Topic 2 – Methodological proposals for tracking or processing variation*

  • Using specialized comparable corpus, resources comparison, use of
    ontologies, tools, annotations, etc.
  • Using the Web as corpus for tracking

Topic 3 – Methods for taking variation into account in terminographical
and lexicographical resources or ontologies*

  • Methods to handle lexical movements in different types of resources
  • Proposed formalization for different applications
  • Strengths and limitations

This list is not closed and propositions for any related issues are welcome.

Paper submissions

Papers will be submitted to a double blind review before September 10, 2013.

Proposals must be sent to in PDF format
and must include the following:

  • A 2 to 3 page paper proposal (between 1000 and 1500 words,
    including references).
  • A separate file containing full name, institution and contact
    information (email address, phone number and mailing address) of the
    author or authors and the title of the paper;
  • Proposals will be evaluated by the scientific committee of the workshop
    on the basis of the following criteria:
    • the relevance of the topic to the theme of the conference;
    • the theoretical or conceptual framework and methodology
      proposed,related to research (if empirical);
    • the organization and clarity of the proposal.

Key Dates

  • Deadline for submission of proposals: 10 September 2013
  • Notice of acceptance: 30 September 2013
  • Deadline for the final version of the proposal: 10 October 2013
  • Workshop: October 30, 2013

Workshop Venue

Wednesday, October 30 2013 at the Institut Galilée, Université Paris 13,
99 av. Jean-Baptiste Clément 93430 Villetaneuse.


In a first stage, the final versions of the proposals will be consolidated
in a PDF document and distributed to participants of TIA. Subsequently, the
organizers plan to publish a collective volume on the topic of the
workshop, which will include extended versions of the papers presented at
the workshop and evaluated by a scientific committee. The collection will
also include papers from a conference on the same topic which was held in
Quebec City in May 2013 in the context of the annual conference of the
Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS).

Organizing Committee

  • Patrick Drouin (OLST, Université de Montréal),
  • Aline Francoeur (CIRAL, Université Laval),
  • Aurélie Picton (Faculty of Translation and Interpretation/TIM,
    Université de Genève).

Scientific Committee

  • Anne Condamines, Université Toulouse-le-Mirail, France
  • Patrick Drouin, Université de Montréal, Canada
  • Aline Francoeur, Université Laval, Canada
  • John Humbley, Université Paris 7, France
  • Amélie Josselin-Leray, Université Toulouse-le-Mirail, France
  • Marie-Claude L’Homme, Université de Montréal, Canada
  • Aurélie Picton, Université de Genève, Switzerland
  • Micaela Rossi, University of Genoa, Italy
  • Sunniva Whittaker, Norwegian School of Economics, Norway

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