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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
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T IS with great sadness that the friends and colleagues of Paul Heacock announce his death on Saturday, October 17, following a long illness. He was 59. Paul was hired as a contractor by Cambridge University Press in 1992 to work on the Cambridge International Dictionary of English, and became... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2015 at Dictionary Society of North America
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HE National Endowment for the Humanities has recognized two lexicographical projects among the most significant endeavors funded by the Endowment over the past fifty years. The NEH has supported The Dictionary of American Regional English over thirty-five years with twenty-four grants totaling more than 11 million dollars. The NEH has... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2015 at Dictionary Society of North America
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HE journal Dictionaries has composed an ethics statement accessible here. The ethics statement is also accessible on the sidebar at the end of the Dictionaries series of links. Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2015 at Dictionary Society of North America
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e learn from Caroline Macafee that the Scots Language Centre has made A. J. Aitken’s Collected Writings on the Scots Language available online, at the Scots Language Centre site, available at http://www.scotslanguage.com/aitken-papers. The collection includes almost all of Jack Aitken’s major published papers, several minor ones, as well as previously... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2015 at Dictionary Society of North America