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Greetings from your new Executive Secretary, Kory Stamper. I'm looking forward to working with and getting to better know each member of the Society. We have some exciting news in the DSNA office: we're going to begin using a new membership management system that will make renewals, communication between the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Dictionary Society of North America
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ELLO WORLD! This is my last blog post for the Dictionary Society and I wanted to say not only what a wonderful organization this is (the study and development of dictionaries, both old and new, in every language we can find), but also it has been an interesting and varied... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Dictionary Society of North America
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N a recent installment of the podcast Parlerai, Kendall Fahey interviews DSNA Executive Secretary Dr. Rebecca Shapiro for a discussion of lexicography, changing language, new words in the English lexicon (yallah), the early history of English dictionaries, and the strengths of the new online dictionaries. Listen to the podcast by... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Dictionary Society of North America
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The editorial office at Articulate, the Emmy-Award-winning arts and culture show nationally syndicated on PBS, recently wrote, "We thought you might be interested in our recent segment on the art of translating literature. The struggle between conveying an author's tone and maintaining technical correctness is at the heart of all... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Dictionary Society of North America
DSNA members are invited to nominate outstanding young members of the professions represented in DSNA to be Honorary Presidential Members . They could be editors just starting their careers or graduate students, for example. Any DSNA member may nominate a candidate by sending a letter of nomination which explains why... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Dictionary Society of North America
eLex 2017: Electronic lexicography in the 21st century: Lexicography from Scratch NEW SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 15 February 2017 The eLex conference series continues with a conference in Leiden, the Netherlands in 2017. Please forward this announcement (also available at https://elex.link/elex2017/call-for-papers/) to any colleagues or lists that may be interested in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Dictionary Society of North America
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The Call for Papers deadline for the 21st Biennial Conference of the DSNA has been extended to February 15. Please visit the conference website here: http://dsna21.weebly.com/call-for-papers.html Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Dictionary Society of North America
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F you haven't already renewed your DSNA membership for 2017, please do so using the convenient link posted on the right side of this website -- or (still more conveniently) click here. Membership in the DSNA is for the calendar year. Remember that all participants in the 2017 DSNA conference... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2016 at Dictionary Society of North America
Call for Papers DSNA 21st Biennial Conference: Workshop proposals (including pedagogy sessions) should be between 800 and 1000 words, excluding references. Submission is via the email for the Richard & Jeannette Allsopp Centre for Caribbean Lexicography, clexp@cavehill.uwi.edu. Abstracts are invited of a length between 300 and 500 words, excluding references.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at Dictionary Society of North America
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Green’s Dictionary of Slang Online will be launched on October 12 2016 at https://greensdictofslang.com/ GDoS Online represents a digital development of the original print edition of Green’s Dictionary of Slang (GDoS) which appeared in 2010 (2011 in the US). Its three volumes offered c.53,000 headwords, in which were nested 110,000... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at Dictionary Society of North America
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NIVERSITY AFFAIRS has recently published an excellent article about the Dictionary of Old English project housed at the University of Toronto's Centre for Medieval Studies. In "Old English, Defined," author Alex Gillis reports that forty-six years into the project and half-way through the alphabet, scholars at the University of Toronto... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Dictionary Society of North America
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INETEENTH-CENTURY LEXICOGRAPHY CONFERENCE: BETWEEN SCIENCE AND FICTION 6-7 April, 2018, Stanford University CALL FOR PAPERS https://lexicographers.stanford.edu We invite abstract submissions for papers on the topic of Nineteenth-century Lexicography for a conference at Stanford University 6-7 April 2018. How can we understand the making of monolingual and multilingual dictionaries in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Dictionary Society of North America
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EREWITH we offer a foretaste of Jack Lynch's You Could Look It Up, in an extract kindly furnished by the author. The book has attracted the notice of a wide range of readers and received multitudinous excellent reviews. We trust it will be much appreciated by DSNA people everywhere. It... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at Dictionary Society of North America
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N Monday, April 11, Oxford University Press hosted the second METROLEX meeting--sponsored by the DSNA--in their New York offices. The theme of the program was "Language, Lexicography, and the Law," and we were fortunate to have three distinguished speakers with a wide range of experience in forensic and historical lexicography.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Dictionary Society of North America
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TUDENT Membership in the Dictionary Society of North America is free. With that comes free access to all present and past issues of the DSNA journal Dictionaries via Project Muse as well as digital copies of the newsletter and the membership directory. In order to process membership, we need a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2016 at Dictionary Society of North America
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AVID JOST--lexicographer (formerly) with the Middle English Dictionary and (currently) with the American Heritage Dictionary, former DSNA president, DSNA Fellow, and now chair of the DSNA's membership committee--has written a lovely guest essay for the AHD blog: Lovers of Dictionaries: Read This. In the essay he briefly touches on his... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2016 at Dictionary Society of North America
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The 61st Annual Conference of the International Conference will meet at Hofstra University, Hempstead, Long Island, New York, on March 11, 2o16. The conference theme is Culinary Linguistics (although other topics in linguistics are welcome). There is still time--a few more days--to submit a proposal. Email your abstract (as a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2016 at Dictionary Society of North America
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HEY WON! So said DSNA Executive Secretary Rebecca Shapiro to ADS Word of the Year Committee chair (and DSNA member) Ben Zimmer after the vote was in. The 2015 Word of the Year is they--not the old standby 3rd person plural pronoun, but a recently observed pattern of usage as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2016 at Dictionary Society of North America
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OHN HOLM, the linguist who launched the study of Creole and Pidgin languages, died in Portugal on December 28. As a young man, Holm encountered "Pirate English" spoken on the Caribbean coast, a pidgin language probably derived from British navy and pirate ships in the eighteenth-century. Among his many books... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at Dictionary Society of North America
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EN ZIMMER has once again summed up the year's work in words in his Vocabulary.Com blog, "The Year in Words 2015: One Pronoun to Rule Them All?" It's a preview of the American Dialect Society's annual Word of the Year deliberations, due to take place in January, 2016. Zimmer, chair... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at Dictionary Society of North America
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teve Kleinedler, Executive Editor of the American Heritage Dictionary (and DSNA vice-president) recently rode his bicycle across Philadelphia to appear on the NPR news program Here and Now to talk about some words new to the dictionary in 2015. It's a good assortment, including humblebrag, cosleeping, and bibimbap. You can... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2015 at Dictionary Society of North America
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E LEARN from Joan Hall that Harvard University Press is offering 50% off the price of a one-year individual subscription to DARE. Through January 3, 2016, the price will be $47.50. See http://www.hup.harvard.edu/about/dare-digital-special-offer for the details. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at Dictionary Society of North America
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xford University Press has announced their Word of the Year. But it's not exactly a word, as such. Or is it? According to DSNA stalwart Ben Zimmer, interviewed by Time, "It’s easy to write them off as just silly little smiley faces or thumbs-up . . . but there’s an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at Dictionary Society of North America
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HEN the 23rd edition of the Real Academia Española's dictionary was issued recently, members of Spain's Roma community protested the dictionary's definitions of gitano (Spanish for gypsy). The focus of the protest was an adjectival form that denotes defrauding, deceiving, or cheating, and this has been removed from the online... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2015 at Dictionary Society of North America