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LSP in Colombia

Advances and challenges

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Gabriel Quiroz Herrera and Pedro Patino Garcia

Studies in LSP in Colombia began in the 1990’s, mainly in the discipline of terminology. Since then, studies in translation, terminology, and LSP have spread out throughout the country. Many papers have been written since then in national and international journals by Colombian authors. This book comprises a set of 20 chapters derived from M.A. and Ph.D. theses of Colombian authors written in Austria, Chile, Colombia, France, Norway, and Spain. The multidisciplinary view of this book includes scholars from translation, linguistics, computer engineering, philosophy, and library and information science. These chapters deal with linguistic, phraseological, terminological, didactic, and textual issues related to terminology, translation, corpus linguistics, and computational linguistics from the Universidad de Antioquia, Universidad de Medellín, Universidad Nacional de Medellín, Universidad Autónoma de Manizales, Universidad EAFIT, Wake Forest University, NHH Norwegian School of Economics, Université Grenoble Alpes, and Université Paris VII.
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Syntactic Features in Specialized Texts: A Comparison of Two Syntactic Patterns in Texts of Different Levels of Specialization: Oscar Andrés Calvache / Mercedes Suárez

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ÓSCAR ANDRÉS CALVACHE1 / MERCEDES SUÁREZ2

Syntactic Features in Specialized Texts: A Comparison of Two Syntactic Patterns in Texts of Different Levels of Specialization3

1.Introduction

As stated in the Communicative Theory of Terminology (Cabré, 1999), specialized texts are one of the results of said scientific advances which is clearly shown in the great amount of PhD theses, specialized magazines, scientific texts and journals. Such texts are the result of rigorous and serious research whose objective is to create new knowledge and communicate findings to society. Therefore, these texts constitute a basis for analysis and characterization from different perspectives: i.e., linguistic, terminological, among others.

This chapter aims to describe and analyze two syntactic features of specialized texts: passive voice and specialized noun phrases. In this chapter, a contrastive analysis of both elements will be completed in order to show the quantitative and qualitative distinctions among texts with different levels of specialization.

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