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Intellectualization through Terminology Development

Langa Khumalo


The term intellectualization was famously used in the Prague School to describe a process that a language undergoes in its development and refinement. In our South African context intellectualization entails a carefully planned process of hastening the cultivation and growth of indigenous official African languages so that they effectively function in all higher domains as languages of teaching and learning,  research, science and technology. This article critically exam-ines the terminology development process that is being driven at the University of KwaZulu-Natal  (henceforth UKZN) as one of the key agents of language intellectualization. The  article critically evaluates the UKZN terminology development model that is used to harvest, consult and authenti-cate isiZulu terminology for Administration,  Architecture, Anatomy, Computer Science, Environ-mental Science, Law, Physics,  Psychology, and Nursing disciplines. Outflow platforms for the ter-minology in this development model are loosely listed as the 'database' and the 'development  platform' but there is no clear end-user platform for students and lecturers, who  seem to be the main end-user-targets of the whole terminology development  initiative. The article will propose an improved model to cater for AnyTime Access, which is convenient for student needs between lec-tures, and improve the  harvesting mechanism in the existing model.

Keywords: Intellectualization, Terminology Development, Harvesting,   Crowdsourcing, Consultation, Verification, Authentication, Anytime Access

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eISSN: 2224-0039
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