The meaning of words

The Observatoire de linguistique Sens-Texte (Meaning-Text Linguistics Observatory), directed by Marie-Claude L'Homme from Université de Montréal, focuses its activities on general and specialized lexica. Its original approach aims at integrating three different objectives: the theoretical reflection required for describing the lexicon, the development and diffusion of monolingual and multilingual resources (databases, text corpora), and the development of strategies to ensure transfer to practical applications, particularly in teaching. The group's research revolves around four main axes: lexicology and lexicography, terminography, corpus processing and language teaching.

For the past several years, the research team has put particular emphasis on the free distribution of its resources, which are of various natures. They may be lexical and contain complete formal descriptions pertaining to the general lexicon and certain specialized lexica. For instance, the research team has a produced the Dictionnaire fondamental de l'informatique et l'Internet and the Dictionnaire fondamental de l'environnement.

Other resources created by the research team include general and specialized corpora, in addition to various tools for manipulating them, like the term extractor TermoStat. There are also teaching resources and query modules providing a user-friendly means of exploring the general and specialized lexical systems developed by the team, such as the tool known as DiCoPop.


Observatoire de linguistique Sens-Texte


Marie-Claude L'Homme, Université de Montréal

Regular members

  • Patrick Drouin, Université de Montréal 
  • Pascale Lefrançois, Université de Montréal 
  • Igor Melcuk, Université de Montréal 
  • Alain Polguère, Université de Montréal