Conference – Terminology & domain loss

Following on from yesterday’s post on new terms and new fields, you may be interested in the following international conference: “Terminology: Domain Loss and Gain” to be held from 20-21 April 2023 at KU Leuven Brussels Campus. It is being co-organised by NL-Term, Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal, European Association for Terminology, and Infoterm, with the participation of the Translation Service of the Council of the European Union.

“Worries about the influence of dominant languages on local languages, in particular in professional contexts, continue to exist, as do worries about the threat of (digital or other) extinction of minority languages. Conversely, there are many attempts, successful as well as unsuccessful, at enriching languages with language-specific terms for new concepts. The conference aims to address all these issues and welcomes theoretical work as well as practical examples.” Continue reading

Latest French language terminology – 2021 report published

The French Government, along with the Académie française, regularly publishes updates on new terminology – for professionals using terminology and civil servants, as well as the general public. There are even publications in the offical gazette¹. Translations into English are often provided (unfortunately, mostly not into other languages), as well as alternative terms in other French-speaking countries such as Canada.

Le rapport 2021 de Commission d’enrichissement de la langue française vient de paraître. Ce rapport présente le bilan de l’action en faveur de l’enrichissement de la langue française, coordonnée par la Délégation générale à la langue française et aux langues de France, pour l’année 2021. Continue reading

Terminology Diploma (FR, EN)

L’Université Savoie Mont-Blanc en partenariat avec l’Université Nova de Lisbonne a mis en place le premier Diplôme d’Université de Terminologie en France avec la participation d’intervenants de la DG Traduction du Parlement Européen, de l’AFNOR et de l’Université Grenoble-Alpes. La formation est dispensée à distance, en français ou en anglais selon les participants.

Cette formation vise à doter toute personne impliquée dans une démarche terminologique des compétences nécessaires à la construction de terminologies et à la mise en place de politiques terminologiques au sein d’une organisation. Continue reading

Book – Termes en discours : Entreprises et organisations

As regular readers know, business jargon, aka ‘management speak’, and corporate buzzwords are favourite themes of this blog. So this recent publication (mostly in French) was of great interest. Hope you agree!

Pubisher’s synopsis: When people work together in companies or any other sort of organisation, sooner or later, they realize that they need to understand how their inhouse use of the language has shaped the words they use. This need has been amplified in present-day society where data, information and knowledge in general is all growing at an exponential rate, so that expressions formed in one group need to be clarified to make sure they can be readily understood by all.

This book aims at exploring current perspectives in terminology and its applications, coupling research with hands-on experience. From sales staff to customers, from cocoa beans to spare parts, from climate to Covid-19, what terms are actually used? How can they be identified? What happens when they need to be translated?  These are just some of the issues addressed by the contributors to this book, aiming at a very broad readership from linguists, terminologists and translators on the one hand to managers and all those interested in specialized vocabulary on the other. Terminology is an open invitation to explore many and varied language issues. Continue reading

Private Law Dictionaries and Bilingual Lexicons (FR/EN)

The Paul-André Crépeau Centre of Private and Comparative Law at McGill University in Montreal makes available its Private Law Dictionaries and Bilingual Lexicons.

The website gives access, in their French and English versions, to the following dictionaries: the Private Law Dictionary, 2nd edition (1991), the Private Law Dicitonary – Obligations (2003), the Dictionary of Private Law – Property (2012), the Private Law Dictionary – Family, 2nd ed. (2016). The Private Law Dictionary-Successions is in progress, and will gradually be added to the database. Continue reading

Traineeship opportunity – World Intellectual Property Organization

The PCT Translation Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) organizes a Fellowship Program for assistant terminologists, translators, and translation technologists, with the aim of providing on-the-job experience at an international organization. WIPO is now accepting applications for the 2021 edition of the Program.

In 2021, applications are invited from native speakers of Arabic, Chinese, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, who also have excellent knowledge of English.

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Language training handbooks for judicial cooperation

The European Judicial Training Network (EJTN) has produced, with the support of the European Union, a number of great handbooks on legal language, aimed at judicial cooperation across the Member States.

They are free to download, and contain introductions about vocabulary and syntax, summaries of points of law, and exercises for learners on each area, with a glossary and answer key.

I think they may be *very* useful for translators, lawyers working internationally, and many others, in addition to the judges for whom they were originally intended.

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