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Economic Terms and Beyond: Capitalising on the Wealth of Notions

How Researchers in Specialised Varieties of English Can Benefit from Focusing on Terms

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Catherine Resche

This book, which is aimed at researchers in specialised varieties of English, provides an illustration of how linguists can use terms, i.e. the expression of concepts in specialised fields, as entry points to explore any specialised domain, whether academic or professional, and to get acquainted with its history, its culture, and the evolution of the ideas that have nurtured it. Choosing the field of economics as an example, the author approaches terms from a diachronic, descriptive and contextual perspective, focusing on neonyms, metaphorical, ambiguous or indeterminate terms, as well as interface terms likely to underscore the evolving character of the domain. The analysis points out the role of terms as milestones highlighting key discoveries that have shaped scientific fields; terms can also be considered as barometers of the evolution of knowledge in a specific field and of a changing social environment. Whoever thought terms were only interesting for their definitions or for translation purposes will no doubt be surprised at the insights that can be gained from considering them from a different angle and for other purposes.

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Acknowledgements I wish to express my thanks to the many people who supported me throughout the development of this book. I would particularly like to thank the anonymous reviewers of the manuscript for their insightful comments and suggestions; Maria Teresa Cabré, Rita Temmerman and John Humbley for their support from the very beginning; Rosalind Greenstein who so carefully proof read the manuscript; my colleagues Jacqueline Percebois, Shaeda Isani, Marie-Hélène Fries and Michel Van der Yeught, for their friendly support and my doctoral students Fanny Domenec, Caroline Peynaud and Séverine Wozniak who regularly expressed their interest in hearing how the project was progressing. They unknowingly helped me to go forward as I could not let them see when I had moments of doubt as to its viability. Thanks also to the editorial staff of Peter Lang for their help and support; I owe a personal debt of gratitude to Adrian Stähli, com- missioning editor and production manager at Peter Lang’s, and of course to Maurizio Gotti, the director of the Linguistic Insights series. I am especially grateful to my unfailingly patient, understand- ing, supportive and loving husband Marc, for accepting to give up so many family weekends, as well as winter, spring and summer holidays and to our daughter Anne-Sophie for her joie de vivre and reassuring optimism. I can truly say that this book could never have been written without them.

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