How Researchers in Specialised Varieties of English Can Benefit from Focusing on Terms
2. Terminology, ESP and Specialised Varieties of English 23
2. Terminology and ESP/SVE The real journey of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.3 Marcel Proust A la recherche du temps perdu (1918) The way to do research is to attack the facts at the point of greatest astonishment. Celia Green The Decline and Fall of Science (1972) Terminology, like any field of knowledge, cannot be dissociated from the social and political environment that triggered its emergence. If today’s approach to terminology differs somewhat from the original recommendations that were made by Wüster in a specific context, it would nevertheless be unfair and unrealistic to disregard his founda- tional approach: today’s researchers owe a lot to the pioneers in the field and the distance that has been taken by some in the past decades only translates the necessary evolution in the needs for and applica- tions of terminology. Hence the great many possible approaches, methods and uses that depend precisely on people’s activities, pur- poses, fields of interest and needs. Undoubtedly, a member of a stan- dardisation committee, a translator, a trainee for a particular job, a student in a specific scientific or technical field, or in translation, in- terpretation or communication (Nuopponen 1996), a researcher in a given domain, a journalist reporting on a special topic or contributing 3 Translated from the French by C. K. Scott Montcrieff (Vol. 5 The Captive); original text in French: Le seul véritable voyage, […] ce ne serait pas d’aller vers d’autres paysages, mais d’avoir...
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