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Workshop TOTh 2013 - Verbal and nonverbal representation in terminology


8th November 2013

The Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Textile Research Saxo Institute - University of Copenhagen – Denmark is pleased to announce an international workshop on the theme of representation of terms and definitions of concepts in verbal as well as nonverbal forms.

The ISO standard 704 "Terminology work – principles and methods" mentions three types of designation – terms, appellations and symbols. The last of these constitute an important aid in international communication by transferring the information directly. The ISO standard 10241-1 “Terminological entries – General requirements and examples of presentation” explicitly mentions the nonverbal representations used instead of definitions. An illustration is sometimes more explicit than a language definition.

Verbal and nonverbal representations of concepts show up in a number of terminologies of scientific and technical disciplines. This is especially the case for the activities at the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Textile Research which show that verbal and nonverbal representations have been used for several millennia. In the field of weaving, in particular, weaving representations for basic and derived weaves are configured in diagrams and logograms, thus collapsing designation and definition. A good example of this phenomenon is the basic weave ”tabby” which can be designated by figures, codes and terms.

Presentations about theoretical and applied aspects of verbal and nonverbal representations in terminology are most welcomed.

Information and program available at:

International Scientific Committee:

  • Rute Costa, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
  • Susanne Lervad, Centre for Textile Research (CTR) and Termplus
  • Marie Louise Nosch, Centre for Textile Research (CTR) 
  • Christophe Roche, Université de Savoie 
  •  Lotte Weilgaard, University of Southern Denmark, SDU 
  •  Fidelma Ní Ghallchobhair, Irish Terminology Committee
  • Henrik Nilsson, Terminologicentrum, TNC, Stockholm

Although registration is mandatory, participation in the workshop is free of charge (there no registration costs).

For more information send an email to Susanne Lervad (sl@termplus.dk)

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