A Corpus-Based Analysis of the Terminology of the European Union’s Development Cooperation Policy

with the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States

by Judith Kast-Aigner (Author)
©2010 Thesis 310 Pages
Open Access


The objective of this study is to provide an account of the terminology the European Union has created and used with regard to its development cooperation policy since the Treaty of Rome was signed in 1957. For this purpose, a terminological analysis has been conducted, based on a corpus of texts produced by the EU in this domain. A corpus-based approach to terminology has been chosen as it opens up the possibility to gather both conceptual and linguistic as well as usage information about the terminological units. Moreover, it allows the study of terms in the context of communicative situations and enables the analysis of concordances that can be used to reveal possible ideological aspects of the terminology involved. The book not only provides a detailed and comprehensive report on the status quo of the EU’s terminology in this field. It also reflects the evolution of its terminology since the establishment of a common European development cooperation policy and thus against the background of an ever-changing socio-economic and political situation. The findings are meant to contribute to a better knowledge and understanding of European development cooperation policy as well as to help improve communication between professionals in European and national bodies.


ISBN (Hardcover)
Open Access
Publication date
2018 (September)
Treaty of Rome Yaoundé Conventions Lomé Conventions electronic text corpora Cotonou Agreement
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2010. 307 pp.

Biographical notes

Judith Kast-Aigner (Author)

The Author: Judith Kast-Aigner graduated from the Vienna University of Economics and Business in 2000 and at first joined the corporate world, working in banks in London and Vienna. In 2005, she decided to start her doctoral studies, which she completed in 2009. The author has been a member of the Institute for English Business Communication at the Vienna University of Economics and Business since October 2005. Her research focus is terminological research.


Title: A Corpus-Based Analysis of the Terminology of the European Union’s Development Cooperation Policy