SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1995

Content Analysis of Definitions


Terminology harmonization involves concepts, concept systems, definitions, and term-concept designations. Harmonization of concepts is the fundamental objective for many applications in terminology work, and the analysis of definition statements is a key to concept identification. Analyzing a definition requires knowledge of the definition type. Examples are given from the 1990 ASTM Compilation of Standard Definitions along with a systematic set of questions that should aid definition writers, standardizes, translators, and others who use definitions in identifying concepts or harmonizing meanings in terminology.

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Strehlow, RA
TERMCO, Inc., Knoxville, TN
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Developed by Committee: E02
Pages: 53–62
DOI: 10.1520/STP13745S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5295-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1984-0