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The definition of terms of pesticide chemistry in Portuguese and in English: a corpus-based approach

Grant number: 19/14752-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2020
Effective date (End): December 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Applied Linguistics
Principal Investigator:Paula Tavares Pinto
Grantee:José Victor de Souza
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências, Letras e Ciências Exatas (IBILCE). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de São José do Rio Preto. São José do Rio Preto , SP, Brazil


The main goal of this research is to fulfill the necessity of terminological studies in the field of Pesticide Chemistry considering that Brazil, being one of the greatest agricultural countries in the world, should support studies in this field. This research starting point is a translational/terminological problem, previously reported by Pinto and Lima (2018) and Souza (2019), that focuses especially on the terms organophosphate and organophosphorus. Our aim is to propose the selection of fifty terms in the area of Pesticide Chemistry to be part of a Portuguese Ô English glossary. The theoretical basis of this research is composed of relevant studies of Terminology (BARROS, 2004; KRIEGER and FINATTO, 2004; BEVILACQUA, 2013, FINATTO, 2004), Chemistry (ABARKELI et al. 2003) and Corpus Linguistics (BERBER SARDINHA, 2004; TAGNIN, 2012; PINTO, 2018; FRANKENBERG-GARCIA et al., 2019). By using a corpus-based methodology, this project will investigate how the terms of Pesticide Chemistry are used in English and which could be the appropriate equivalent terms in Portuguese. Furthermore, we intend to publish our results on Wikipedia in order to democratize access to scientific information. Also, we plan to develop a workshop on academic English for students from the Chemistry program in the institute. (AU)