Chambéry, France

Conference: June 12 - 13

Training session: June 10 - 11

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TOTh 2011

  • January 10th, 2011: Submission dead-line - EXTENDED JANUARY 28th, 2011
  • April 1 2011 March 14th, 2011: Notification of acceptation
  • May 2sd 2011 April 14th, 2011: Definitive versions
  • May 24th & 25th, 2011: Training Session TOTh
  • May 26th & 27th, 2011: Conference TOTh


The TOTh conferences aim to bridge the gap between terminology and ontology by highlighting the contributions that one makes to the other and by opening up new perspectives for both theoretical and practical developments. Terminology is about names for concepts and objects in a given subject area, but it is also concerned with other units such as collocations, lexical combinations or phraseologies in actual use, all of which are part of specialized languages and discourse. The terminologist’s job is to design and produce terminological resources which can be used for a variety of language-based activities : translation, corpus language planning, teaching language for special purposes, etc.

The quality and the precision of specialised discourse is directly linked to the relation between the way lexical items are ordered and the way knowledge is organised: sufficient encouragement in itself for active collaboration between terminologists, translators, lexicographers, knowledge engineers and IT specialists.

Terminology and ontology share similar objectives in the way they approach and describe reality. Ontologies, which come from knowledge engineering, are now one of the most promising ways to model conceptual systems for terminologies. Of the numerous applications to be found in the digital world, ontologies are particularly useful to make terminologies operational and ensure their applications in various roles : as translation tools, for information and knowledge management, the semantic web, etc.

Terminology and ontology are both basically transdisciplinary in approach, and both reach out to take on board practices and theories from many different subject fields, in particular from linguistics, language for special purposes, epistemology, artificial intelligence, information sciences.

Target audience

The TOTh conferences aim to bring together all those involved in LSP, terminology and knowledge engineering, and more generally all persons interested in issues related to language and knowledge, be they in research, industry or other practical applications


The conference will take place at Annecy (France) on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th May 2011. A training session is organized the days before the conference proper (Tuesday 24th pm and Wednesday 25th May). In addition to the academic papers, research by advanced graduate students and industrial applications figure prominently in the program. A keynote speaker, usually from another subject field but specializing in issues of language and thought, opens TOTh conferences.

Young Researcher Prize

As from 2011, a Young Researcher Prize will be awarded by the Program committee and bestowed on the winner during the Conference.

Conference topics (non exhaustive list)

The linguistic dimension to terminology and knowledge:

  • language for special purposes, translation, corpus language planning, specialized multilingual communication.
  • usage, variation, term collocations, lexical combinations.
  • terminological products: glossaries, dictionaries, thesauri.
  • corpus processing : extracting terms, extracting knowledge, creating and aligning corpora
  • creating and maintaining terminological resources, harmonizing terms and concepts, theories of meaning, importance and limitations of corpora.
  • validating the quality of data, the role of experts.

Conceptual dimension:

  • terminological principles for building concept systems: knowledge representation, knowledge management, the importance of ontologies (building, maintaining, aligning, merging),
  • input from artificial intelligence, linguistics, epistemology, formal systems (description logic for example),


  • software environments; building and maintaining terminologies, thesauri, dictionaries, ontologies,
  • IT applications based on knowledge and terminology resources: information systems, specialized digital libraries, document management, information retrieval, classification, knowledge management, web semantics, collaborative engineering, etc.
  • assessing acquisition and manipulation tools, changing standards in the field of language and ontology resources.