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Learning terminology in order to become an active agent in the development of Basque biomedical registers

Igone Zabala Unzalu

Igone Zabala Unzalu teaches Health Communication in Basque in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). She is a member of the IXA research team in natural language processing. At present her main research topics are specialized discourse, terminology, and the lexical and stylistic development of Basque.

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, Itziar San Martin Egia

Itziar San Martin Egia teaches Health Communication in Basque in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). She is a member of the research team in theoretical linguistics at the UPV/EHU. At present, her main research topics are syntax and medical terminology.

and Mikel Lersundi Ayestaran

Mikel Lersundi Ayestaran teaches Health Communication in Basque in the San Sebastian Faculty of Nursing at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). He is a member of the IXA research team in natural language processing. At present, his main research topics are automatic translation, lexicography and terminology.

Abstract

The aim of this article is to describe some theoretical and methodological bases underpinning the design of the course Health Communication in Basque (HCB) at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). Based on some relevant theoretical tenets of the socioterminologic and communicative approaches to Terminology, the authors assume that terminology planning must be adapted to the sociolinguistic situation of each language. Moreover, the article claims that terminology planning for a language undergoing a normalization process must acknowledge the target situation of well-developed languages, in which terminology changes over time and varies according to communicative situations. Taking into account the sociolinguistic situation of Basque, the authors conclude that the most important goal of the HCB course should be to help students become active agents in the development and consolidation of Basque biomedical terminology. Thus, the most relevant learning objectives defined in the syllabus involve language awareness with regard to terminology variation: using term formation rules to create different kinds of denominative variants, actively thinking about the grammaticality and genuineness of different variants of terms, and managing terminological variation according to functional criteria.

Funding statement: Funding: The work reported here was carried out within the project “EXTRECM: EXTracción de RElaciones entre Conceptos Médicos en fuentes de información heterogéneas” (TIN2013-46616-C2-1-R), which was supported by the MINECO Ministry of the Spanish Government.

About the authors

Igone Zabala Unzalu

Igone Zabala Unzalu teaches Health Communication in Basque in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). She is a member of the IXA research team in natural language processing. At present her main research topics are specialized discourse, terminology, and the lexical and stylistic development of Basque.

Itziar San Martin Egia

Itziar San Martin Egia teaches Health Communication in Basque in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). She is a member of the research team in theoretical linguistics at the UPV/EHU. At present, her main research topics are syntax and medical terminology.

Mikel Lersundi Ayestaran

Mikel Lersundi Ayestaran teaches Health Communication in Basque in the San Sebastian Faculty of Nursing at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). He is a member of the IXA research team in natural language processing. At present, his main research topics are automatic translation, lexicography and terminology.

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