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A corpus comparison approach for terminology extraction

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This article examines one of the possible approaches to identifying technical terms: a corpus comparison approach using the range and frequency of word forms. In order to identify terms using the corpus comparison approach, a ratio is used as a tool based on the comparative range and frequency of word forms between a technical corpus and a comparison corpus. A rating scale approach is used as the basis for evaluating the corpus comparison approach.

The analysis shows that the corpus comparison approach works reasonably well with around 86% overlap with the results from the rating scale approach. It also shows that the corpus comparison approach using word types is a reasonably simple and practical way of identifying terms.

Keywords: corpus comparison approach; identifying technical terms; range and frequency of word forms; rating scale; ratio

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2003

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  • International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Issues in Specialized Communication

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