Maxim Latu1 & Alina Levit2
1Ph.D. in Philology, Associate Professor of the Western European Languages and Cultures Department, Head of the Research and Educational Center “Applied Linguistics, Terminology Studies and Linguocognitive Technologies”, Pyatigorsk State University, Pyatigorsk, Russia. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2Researcher at the Research and Educational Center “Applied Linguistics, Terminology Studies and Linguocognitive Technologies”, Pyatigorsk State University, Pyatigorsk, Russia. E-mail: email@example.com.
Received November 10, 2016; Revised February 15, 2017; Accepted March 17, 2017; Published May 7, 2017.
The article focuses on the technical terms of the category Locus and sets of adjacent technical terms in fragments of the terminological network. The examples are drawn from the field of space research that encompasses concepts of space science (astronomy, astrophysics, aerospace engineering) and exploration. We argue that the technical terms of the category Locus have the potential to establish semantic relations of certain types with the technical terms of certain categories only, thus forming prototypic semantic schemes that reflect academic concepts organization. As we differentiate the adjacent technical terms extracted from definitions from those found in specialized texts only, we analyze the categories they belong to and the types of semantic relations between them. We also discuss the types of semantic relations that turned to be frequent and productive for the technical terms of the considered category Locus, as well as non-productive ones.
Keywords: technical term, concept, referent, category, semantic network, semantic relation, knowledge representation, definition