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ASTM Selected Technical Papers
Standardization of Technical Terminology: Principles and Practices
By
CG Interrante
CG Interrante
1
National Bureau of Standards
,
Washington, D.C. 20234
:
coeditor
.
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FJ Heymann
FJ Heymann
2
Westinghouse Electric Corp.
,
editor
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ISBN-10:
0-8031-0247-X
ISBN:
978-0-8031-0247-7
No. of Pages:
156
Publisher:
ASTM International
Publication date:
1983

The problem of terminological standardization is closely linked to the problem of synonymy, that is, the fact that a certain number of terms can all have apparently the same meaning. Consequently, it is difficult to chooseand thus to standardizeone of these terms. It is also important when choosing a term to take into consideration certain criteria.

This paper shows that the problem of standardization is often due to a lack of thorough analysis of terms considered as synonyms by a number of authors. In certain cases, there is no need for standardization because they concern examples of false synonymy. And when standardization is necessary (as it often is), the need varies according to which of the two fields are involved, the scientific or the technical.

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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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.
2.
Hawley
,
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,
The Condensed Chemical Dictionary
,
Van Nostrand Reinhold
,
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,
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.
3.
La normalisation linguistique
,
Actes du colloque international de terminologie, lac Delage, Quebec
, 1619 Octobre 1973,
Office de la langue franaise
,
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,
1974
.
4.
Maillot
,
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,
La traduction scientifique et technique
,
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,
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,
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.
5.
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,
McGraw-Hill
,
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,
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.
6.
McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
,
McGraw-Hill
,
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,
1977
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7.
Quick
,
John
,
Dictionary of Weapons and Military Terms
,
McGraw-Hill
,
New York
,
1973
.
8.
Rondeau
,
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,
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,
Centre ducatif et culturel
,
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,
1981
.
9.
The American Heritage Dictionary
,
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,
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,
1970
.
10.
The Oxford English Dictionary
,
Oxford University Press
,
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,
1970
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11.
Webster's New World Dictionary
,
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,
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,
1974
.
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Webster's Third New International Dictionary
,
Merriam
,
Springfield, Mass.
,
1971
.
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