Since its inception, mostly inspired by Eugen Wüster, terminology has undergone several evolutionary changes, conceptually as well as technologically. It has found applications in many different areas, from language planning to web-indexing, all of which have led it to encounter, and sometimes even to mix with, a vast array of different disciplines along the way, such as lexicography, lingusitics, translation studies, technical writing, and so on. Perhaps more surprisingly, terminology has caused controversy, whether to do with the effective legacy of its founding father, the proper sources to be cited in information mining, the prescriptive or descriptive nature of the field, or the relationship between terminology and ontology.

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