The International EAFT Awards 2014


On the 27th and 28th November 2014, the European Association for Terminology (EAFT), organised in collaboration with TERMCAT, the Seventh Terminology Summit in Barcelona. On the last day of the of the summit, the International Terminology Awards 2014 were attributed. Seven candidatures were submitted for the 2014 Awards and an international jury, chaired by Corina Lascu-Cilianu, examined the chosen works. There were two prizes awarded: the International Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theoretical/Fundamental Research in the Field of Terminology and the International Award for Applied Terminology Research and Development.


The winner of the the first Award was Besharat Fathi, PhD student at the “l’Institut Universitari de Lingüística Aplicada de la Universitat Pompeu Fabra” in Barcelona, with her thesis Expert’s Needs as Primary Target Users: Evaluating Specialised Dictionaries in Communicative Circumstances, supervised by Professor Teresa Cabré. She has a MA in Linguistics at the Pompeu Fabra University and worked previously at the Academy of Persian Language and Literature.

In addiction to this brilliant thesis, Miss Fathi also wrote an article based on her thesis entitled Experts and Specialised Lexicography: perspectives and needs, published in the semiannual journal Terminalia by Scaterm. For more details, the abstract and the correspondent website of the article are published below. 


This study was performed with two main purposes in mind. The first was to understand and predict the lexicographical needs of experts in communicative situations, while the second was to evaluate specialised dictionaries from experts’ point of view, considering their knowledge proficiency and the lack of dictionaries aimed primarily at experts. This paper consists of two main parts. The first presents the theoretical background on experts´ needs based on the functional theory of lexicography (Bergenholtz, Tarp, Nielsen and Kauffman) as well as the communicative theory of terminology (Cabré), while the second looks at experts’ expectations about specialised dictionaries based on empirical research. We conducted evaluation experiments where experts were asked to complete a questionnaire either for selecting the most needed information related to their professional tasks or for rating existing specialised dictionaries.

Keywords: communicative theory of terminology; dictionary use; experts; specialised lexicography.

Read the full article here.

And find, also, a follow-up to the VII EAFT Terminology Summit in Barcelona (2014): how does social networking affect terminology work? here.


By Andreia Nuno

Graduate from the New University (Portugal), Degree in Modern Languages, Literature and Cultures, English and Portuguese Studies (PT, EN), Master in Learning and Communication in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts (EN, FR)

Terminology trainee at the Terminology Coordination of the European Parliament