Abstract

In this speculative paper, I will argue that the design community should attempt to develop a 'dictionary' of the language of design, along the same lines as the Oxford English Dictionary was and is developed: as a catalogue of the living use of terms. I will sketch an outline of how such a project could be started quite easily with modern technologies. I will then consider one word in particular – 'discipline' – as an example of the need for such a dictionary, by examining the various senses of the word and how even just reflecting on that can illuminate issues of clear communications.

Keywords:

Terminology; Lexicography; Semantics; Dictionary; Communication; Language.

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Jul 16th, 12:00 AM

Some Thoughts on Terminology and Discipline in Design

In this speculative paper, I will argue that the design community should attempt to develop a 'dictionary' of the language of design, along the same lines as the Oxford English Dictionary was and is developed: as a catalogue of the living use of terms. I will sketch an outline of how such a project could be started quite easily with modern technologies. I will then consider one word in particular – 'discipline' – as an example of the need for such a dictionary, by examining the various senses of the word and how even just reflecting on that can illuminate issues of clear communications.

 

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