Recently, there has been a spate of scholar’s interest in studying language across disciplines so as to expand languages. Previous studies on terminology development focus on politics, computing, literature, methodology, language and numerals. Medicine as another field of inquiry serves pertinent functions across all human endeavours and studying this from linguistics perspective could be attempt the creation of the interface between language and medicine. This work is triggered by the unavailability of Yorùbá terminologies for some diseases. This study utilizes quiz questions distributed to medical and trado-medical practitioners, local herb sellers, and butchers to adjudge and examine their proficiencies by requesting them to provide the Yorùbá equivalents for some diseases. However, for the analysis of data, the researcher adopts the Information Processing Model (IPM) which comprises a five step feeding relationship to process names of the selected candidates and further generate the proposed Yorùbá terms. The results reveal that none of the quiz respondents provides more than three equivalents out of ten diseases listed; hence, the researcher sees the crucial need for the formulation of the Yorùbá terms. Also, some of the candidates presented for the data analysis already have Yorùbá equivalents but were not explicit enough because the words used to describe the equivalents are going out of use. In this regard, the Information Processing Model was used to generate the Yorùbá equivalents for all candidate presented. This study shows that improvement in terminology creation for disease shall enlighten people about the Yorùbá equivalent of some diseases that do not have Yorùbá names and also expand the lexicons of the Yorùbá language in medicine as one of the fields of human endeavour that is evidently indispensable. The study therefore concludes that more Yorùbá names could be assigned to medical diseases to update the speed of advancement in the medical researches; this will, therefore, go a long way to revealing how terminology formulating could be functionally used to address social issues and also expand the lexicon of Yorùbá language. Key words: Candidate, Information Processing Model (IPM), Equivalent, disease, the Yorùbá language.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
LITERATURE REVIEW AND THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK
TERM CREATION STRATEGIES
SAMPLE APPLICATION, ANALYSIS AND GLOSSARY OF TERM
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