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Terminology Studies

Class Information

Class Time and Place: Thursdays 4:25 pm  - 7:05 pm    SFH  313
Instructor: Sue Ellen Wright
Office: Satterfield 306-E     Tel: 330-672-2438     Home Tel.: 330-678-2829
Office Hours:    T: 2:15-4:15 W: 4:00-5:00; H: 2:00-4:00; or by appointment. Note that the 4:00-4:25 Thursday is NOT reserved for office hours. This time is needed for class preparation and setup.

Course URL: ResourcePages/Courseware/TRST70003_Syllabus/70003syll_webpage_2007Fall.html
Course Description and Outcomes

The course will focus on general principles of terminology studies, with an emphasis on philosophical, psychological, linguistic, and cognitive aspects of terminology and language theory. Pragmatic applications involving terminology will include translation-oriented terminology, terminology for knowledge organization and information retrieval, differing approaches to terminology management, as well as terminology planning and knowledge transfer. Class work will be highly collaborative and participatory, with an emphasis on individual research and shared knowledge gathering.

    * Skill-oriented objectives will include:
    * Mastery of one or more terminology management systems
    * Data modeling and data category selection
    * Terminological concept modeling
    * Critical analysis of articles and standards
    * Independent classroom presentations on selected topics
    * Designing, writing, and editing a scholarly article

Reading materials
There will be a wide range of selected readings for weekly group discussion and analysis. See individual weekly discussion guides. PDF files and other electronic media will be stored in the MCLS1/Public/70003 directory. See the instructor for access to hardcopy resources as needed.
Project Assignments
1)   Developing a sample concept prototype vis-à-vis ISO 704 (to be explained in class; see Discussion Guide, SW2)
2)   Short in-class Powerpoint presentations on keyword topics (see weekly discussion guides)
3)   20 page research paper (see suggested topics)
4)   Related terminology project with concept structure
    Student activity     % of Grade
1.     Class discussion     20%
2.     Powerpoint Presentations     30%
3.     Research paper     35%
4.     Terminology      15%
These percentages translate into 100 points for the entire semester. A = 91 Points; A- = 90 Points; B+ = 89 Points; B = 81 Points; B- = 80 Points

File Name and Subject Line Specifications
All file names should include the following initial elements:

TRST_70003_xxx_TrueFileName, where xxx are your initials and where "TrueFileName" is a meaningful camelcase string identifying the nature of the file being transmitted. For instance:

would be a zip archive containing a terminology file archived together with a media folder, all of which were produced by Sue Ellen Wright.

All email deliverables must use the following subject line format to ensure they will be sorted properly:

TRST_70003 sew Topic Identifier

Note that I have specifically used the underscore in the file name and NO UNDERSCORE in the subject line. It might make sense to try to make these two components consistent, but underscores work well in file names, but I can't use the underscore format effectively to sort mails coming into my overloaded mailbox. Sorry about that!

Suggested Research Paper Topics
Terminology management in China; history of terminology work in China
Terminology management and theory in Russia and the former Soviet Union
A detailed analysis of Multiterm 7: 2007
Developing a terminology management system for localization environments
Terminology and metadata; solutions for specifying xml-based terminological metadata elements

PowerPoint Presentations
The instructor will prepare a number of formal PPT presentations, but students will also requested to deliver short PowerPoint presentations on a number of topics of limited scope. Toward the end of the semester, students will also present a more extended discussion of their semester research projects. See the individual Discussion Guide pages for each Semester Week in order to track these assignments.
1)  Prototypical concept for ISO 704; see description in Discussion Guide SW2
2)  Small PowerPoint  presentations
Students are advised to study the Discussion Guides for this course carefully to determine when the short PowerPoint presentations are due. They will be specifically assigned as soon as possible. Please note that the short ppt files are to be submitted to the instructor for inclusion on the MCLS-IAL1 server the day of their presentation so that they can become a permanent resource for the course in the future.
3)  Research Projects
The major set of deliverables for the class center around student Research Projects. These projects will be treated as writing intensive in nature and will be subject to a semester long process of draft and review. See schedule and individual Discussion Guides for details.
4) Terminology associated with the Research Project, to be produced in MultiTerm™ unless otherwise negotiated.

Workflow Schedule
**Note: Dates highlighted in red will have to be rescheduled.
    Activities and Deliverables
SW 1

    Course Introduction
Review of syllabus
Lecture on General Principles of Terminology Management
SW 2
    Terminology "Work" – General Principles
Analysis and discussion of reading selections (See Discussion Guide SW2)
Continued lecture on General Principles
SW 3
     Data Categories and data modelling, PPT presentation
Analysis and discussion of reading selections (See Discussion Guide SW3)
Create terminology databases
Deliverable: Research Project Scope Statement (See Discussion Guide)
SW 4
    General Theory of Terminology, PPT presentation
Analysis and discussion of reading selections (See Felber & Sager, Discussion Guide SW4)
Student presentations: Frege, Ogden and Richards
SW 5
    Alternate Views on Concept Theory
Analysis and discussion of reading selections (See Deacon & Damasio, Discussion Guide SW5)
Student presentations: Eco and Le Signe; Temmerman vs. Budin and the semantic model
SW 6
    Definitions and Contexts
Analysis and discussion of reading selections (See Discussion Guide SW6)
Deliverable: First efforts for research paper  (See Discussion Guide)
SW 7

    Knowledge Representation Resources, PPT presentation
Analysis and discussion of reading selections (See Meyer, Discussion Guide SW7)
Student presentations: terminological concept systems, thesauri, controlled vocabularies, Wordnet
SW 8
    (SEW in Vienna; reschedule)
The Semantic Web,Taxonomies and Ontologies and Markup Languages, PPT presentation
Analysis and discussion of reading selections (See Sowa and Gomez, Discussion Guide SW8)
Student presentations: SKOS, OWL, RDF;
Deliverables: Next stage of Research Project (see Discussion Guide)
SW 9
    (SEW in Seattle; reschedule)
Terminology, Knowledge Organization, and Metadata Standards, PPT presentation
Analysis and discussion of reading selections (See ISO/IEC 11179-3; NISO 19.39, Discussion Guide SW9)
Student presesntations: multilingual thesauri, ontologies
Deliverable: 704 concept Description project
SW 10     11/05
**      (ATA Conference; reschedule?)
Industrial applications: Translation, Localization, Business Rules, Catalog Metadata, PPT presentation
Analysis and discussion of reading selections (See , Discussion Guide SW10)
Student presentation: Research Project 1 and 2  
Deliverable: First complete draft of the Research Project, with terminology
SW 11
    Interoperability issues: Interchange standards, Language Codes, Unicode, Localization Codes, Controlled language, controlled authoring, & single source authoring, PPT presentation
Analysis and discussion of reading selections (See , Discussion Guide SW11)
Student presentation: Research Project 3 and 4

SW 12

    Corpus linguistics and terminology mining, PPT presentation
Analysis and discussion of reading selections (See , Discussion Guide SW12)
(Note: This is a "play it by ear" item that will be determined by our experience in the Corpus Linguistics class.)
Student presentation: Research Project 5
SW 13
     Turkey Day, No class
SW 14
    Language policy and language planning, PPT presentation
Analysis and discussion of reading selections (See , Discussion Guide SW14)
Student presentation: Research Project 5
Deliverable: Second draft of the Research Project, with terminology
SW 15
    Terminology Studies Pedagogy, PPT presentation
Analysis and discussion of reading selections (See , Discussion Guide SW15)

     Final submission of the Research Project
        ** All makeup classes will be held in Satterfield 314.
Policy on Incompletes and Absences

This is a performance class, and members all contribute to the synergy of the workshopping experience. Each student is expected to have completed translation passages prior to the discussion of each passage, to submit this passage according to instructions, and to participate fully in workshop sessions for the purpose of arriving at an optimum text for each translation assignment. Students will be assigned participation grades that will contribute to the calculation of the overall course grade.

The only conditions under which an incomplete can be granted is serious illness in the latter part of the semester. At least 2/3 of the course work must have been completed satisfactorily prior to the request for an incomplete, and there must be clear evidence of illness to qualify. Students requesting an incomplete and meeting these criteria must also sign a contract obligating them to complete the unfinished work according to specific conditions. It is the official policy of the College of Arts and Sciences that all incompletes regardless of cause or conditions be completed by the end of the following calendar semester.
Statement on Academic Dishonesty
All students shall familiarize themselves with the Statement on Academic Dishonesty and shall conform to the ethical standards established in this policy.
Students with Disabilities
University Policy 3342-3-18 requires that students with disabilities be provided reasonable accommodations to ensure that they obtain equal access to course content. If you have a documented disability and require accommodations, please contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester to make arrangements for necessary classroom adjustments. Please note, you must first verify your eligibility for these through Student Disability Services (SDS) (contact 330-672-3391 or visit for more information on registration procedures.