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Title: A linguistic view of subject formation process as described by Ranganathan and others
Authors: Dutta, Bidyarthi
Dutta, Chaitali
Keywords: Basic subject;Complex subject;Compound subject;Isolate idea;Root word;Stems word;Compound word;Linguistic view of subject;Subject formation process;Word formation process
Issue Date: Mar-2014
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: The basic implication of a subject in the context of library and information science is outlined here. It is pointed out that the purview of library and information science mostly reckons any subject in the form of some either assigned or derived terms or keywords. The basic concepts of words as per the scope of linguistics are also provided. Different modes of formation of complex and compound subjects as enunciated by Ranganathan are described. The modes of formation of compound words as depicted in linguistics have been described and compared with different modes of formation of complex and compound subjects as portrayed by Ranganathan, Neelameghan, Seetharama and Sen. It has been observed that there are similarities between modes of formation of words and subjects. As similarities are observed at the very basic foundation level between words and subjects, therefore it has been concluded that there may be some similarities of intrinsic properties between them. The specific words belonging to a particular subject domain or subject-specific words that are commonly known as keywords may thus be recognized as eventual denomination or fundamental building block of the concerned subject. The keywords may thus be looked upon as molecule of a subject from linguistic viewpoint.
Page(s): 56-64
ISSN: 0975-2404 (Online); 0972-5423 (Print)
Appears in Collections:ALIS Vol.61(1) [March 2014]

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