Cognitive Psychology

In exploring the system of SYNONYM GROUPS and distinctions within synonym groups TLS aims to describe and systematically analyse the explicit and implicit conceptual schemes or cognitive systems of the language as revealed in the sources analysed.

The members of each synonym group are taken to constitute the EXPLICIT conceptual repertoire of the language in this area.

The distinctive semantic features for a synonym group constitute a generalisation concerning the conceptual repertoire that is IMPLICIT in the prototypical reasons for the speakers'/writers' linguistic choice of one of the members of the synonym group versus the choice of another.

TLS aims to distinguish between the current core conceptual repertoire on the one hand, and the specialised non-current terminological repertoire on the other, assigning five levels of perceived currency to each lexical entry. Special attention is paid to the criteria for the use of the current core conceptual repertoire.