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Affixation in English Technical Metalanguage (the Field of Telecommunication)

Author: Caterenciuc Svetlana
Degree:doctor of philology
Speciality: 10.02.04 - Germanic Languages (with specification of language)
Scientific adviser: Tamara Gogu
doctor, associate professor (docent), Chisinau Pedagogical State University "Ion Creanga"
Institution: Moldova State University
Scientific council: D
Moldova State University


The thesis was presented on the 23 December, 2013
Approved by NCAA on the 13 February, 2014


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CZU 811.111’276.6:654 (043.3)

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217 pages


term, technical term, terminology, nomenclature, specialized lexicon, derivational affixes, derivational type, derivational model, parasynthetic derivation.


The structure of the dissertation: abstract, list of abbreviations, introduction, three chapters, conclusions and recommendations, bibliography made up of 261 nominations, 143 pages of text contents, glossary, 3 Annexes, 5 Tables, 6 Figures. The achieved results are published in 16 scientific papers. Key words: term, technical term, terminology, nomenclature, specialized lexicon, derivational affixes, derivational type, derivational model, parasynthetic derivation. The domain of study is the English Technical Terminology of telecommunications including the late XX-th – to the beginning of the XXI-st centuries. The goal and objectives of the research are focused on the affixation phenomenon analysis of the English Technical Terminological Lexicon, the semantic and structural analysis of the derived terms, the terms formed with prefixoids and autonomous bases of lexical units are included in the derivational process, investigation of the terminologization process and the causes that generate this qualitative change. The scientific novelty and originality resides in the attempt to elucidate the derivational process of the technical terminology. Prefixoids have been included in the affixational process in the case they are combined with autonomous lexical units. There have been identified the number of affixes involved in the derivation of terms (33 prefixes, 39 prefixoids and 39 suffixes). The thesis was motivated by the absence of researches that would analyse the technical lexicon from the perspective of semantic and structural analysis. The important scientific problem solved in the investigated area is the approach of technical terms with elements of Greek and Latin etymology, highlighting their derivational characteristics. The theoretical value of the dissertation comes from the derivational process researches of the English Technical Terminology. The technical terminological metalanguage needs both diachronic and synchronic approach of the derivational model and affixes productivity. The practical value of the research lies in the fact that the results of the investigation can be used to compile University courses concerning the English Technical Terminology, in the elaboration of specialized dictionaries and glossaries.