Yurdakul, A.; Schnieder, E.:
Standardization of English Navigation Terminology in Railway Traffic Domain.
Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture. 9(1), S. 57-63, January 2015.
The technical progress and the globalization accelerate more and more the development of new disciplines and
sub-disciplines. Consequently, new and specific terminology is necessary. In addition, the interdisciplinarity contributes as well to
the development of communication problems between non-professionals and experts of a special domain or between experts of
different domains—as well at international level. Usually, technical terms are defined differently according to their domains.
Therefore, a new terminological approach will avoid classical semantic vagueness as synonymy, antonymy, risk of confusion,
hypernymy-hyponymy relations and polysemy, homonymy, etc. For example, the terms “localization” and “positioning” are
prototypes for this semantic vagueness. The objective of the iglos (“intelligent glossary”) terminology work of the Institute of Traffic
Safety and Automation Engineering of the Technische Universität Braunschweig is to clarify the multilingual and multidisciplinary
misunderstanding between special languages of different domains by standardizing the definitions of technical terms. The focus of
this paper lies on semantic problems of English navigation terminology in railway traffic domain and the clarification of the semantic
vagueness between its terms with a modeling process and a linguistic method with different criteria. Finally, the result of these
approaches should be a consistent navigation terminology in the railway domain.