TermVar 2017

Presentation slides are now available inside the programme.


On July 20th and 21st, the Institute for Information Science and Natural Language Processing hosts the "TermVar Workshop on terminological variation". The workshop, which deals with the phenomenon of variation in specialised language, brings together national and international experts from specialised communication, terminology, translation science and computational linguistics. The three planned workshop sessions aim to promote discussion on the subject from both a theoretical and an application-oriented perspective.


Thursday 20th July 2017

12:30 – 13:55 Arrival and lunch


14:00 – 14:15 Opening of the workshop:

Welcome, objectives, working procedures, brief introduction of participants


Section 1: Concepts of terminological variation in linguistics and terminology


14:20 – 14:35 Laura Giacomini (U. Hildesheim/ U. Heidelberg)

                      Introductory statement:

Linguistic and terminological approaches to term variation –

Variation phenomena in specialized languages


14:40 – 15:20 Pius ten Hacken (U. Innsbruck)

Standardization of legal and scientific terms: similarities and differences


15:25 – 16:05 Rita Temmerman (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

The dynamics of understanding in context.

Terminological variation in source texts and translations. 


16:10 – 16:30 Coffee break


16:35 – 17:15 Tanja Wissik (ACDH Wien):

                Terminological variation in legal texts


17:20 – 18:00 Ornella Wandji-Tchami (U. Lille III/ U. Hildesheim)

Variation in verbal expressions in different medical discourse types:

Results of corpus-based investigations


18:05 – 18:35 General discussion on Section 1:

  Discussion panel (B. Daille, A. Dralle, I. Rösiger)


Friday 21st July 2017


Section 2: Computational approaches for the identification of terminological variation in texts


9:00 – 9:15 Ulrich Heid (U. Hildesheim)

  Introductory statement:

                  Natural Language Processing and specialized texts:

                                Finding and representing data on term variation


9:20 – 10:00 Beatrice Daille (U. Nantes)

Collecting terms and variants of terms fitting in a multilingual framework


10:05 – 10:45 Ina Rösiger (U. Stuttgart)

Term variation as a source of relational knowledge


10:50 – 11:10 Coffee break


11:15 – 11:55 Melanie Siegel (FH Darmstadt)

Multilingual terminology extraction


12:00 – 12:30 General discussion on Section 2:

Discussion panel (R. Temmerman, J. Ruppenhofer, O. Czulo)


12:35 – 13:50 Lunch break     



Section 3: Needs of translators and technical authors with respect to terminological variation – current and future interactive solutions


13:55 – 14:10 Laura Giacomini (U. Hildesheim/ U. Heidelberg)

Introductory statement:

Needs of language experts and a proposal for a frame-based representation of terminological variants


14:15 – 14:55 Alexandra Dralle (Büro für Dokumentation, Hannover)

Prerequisites for efficient semi-automatic construction and maintenance of terminological definitions:

Accounting for variation in a frame-based approach


15:00 – 15:40 Oliver Czulo (U. Leipzig)

Term variation in post-editing of machine translation output vs. in human translation:

Methodological remarks


15:45 – 16:05 Coffee break


16:10 – 16:50 Josef Ruppenhofer (U. Heidelberg/ IDS Mannheim)

Ideologically loaded opposed terms (e.g. Herdprämie vs. Betreuungsgeld)


16:50 – 17:20 General discussion on Section 3:

Discussion panel (P. ten Hacken, M. Siegel, T. Wissik)



17:20 – 17:40 Closing session