Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Thank You!!!

Thank you to Michael Adams and his team for a wonderful conference, and also to David Vancil, the Cordell Collection and the Indiana State University Foundation.

Please watch the main DSNA page (http://www.dictionarysociety.com/) for news about DSNA's 2011 meeting, which will be held in Montreal.

This website is now considered archival and will no longer be updated.

Monday, May 18, 2009

2009 Meeting Program

The revised program for the 2009 DSNA Meeting in Bloomington has been posted.

You can access it here DSNA_program.doc and also by visiting the link on the right side of this page.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


Dear Colleagues,

It is my honor to host the 17th Biennial Meeting of the Dictionary Society of North America this May, and it will be a great pleasure to welcome all who attend the conference to Indiana University, Bloomington. As you may see from the draft program posted on this website, the conference will include 40 outstanding papers, on a wide variety of lexicographical subjects, by members old and new from around the world. In addition, we have scheduled both an exhibit of dictionaries at the Lilly Library and an introduction to the Cordell Collection at Indiana State University in Terre Haute. And, of course, we will have the advantage of publishers’ exhibits and the pleasure of one another’s company for the duration of the conference.

After our visit to the Cordell Collection, the conference banquet will be held at Indiana State University. As those who have attended DSNA conferences will remember, in the past participants have paid a banquet fee as well as a registration fee. Through the good offices of David Vancil, Curator of the Cordell Collection, the Indiana State University Foundation has generously provided the banquet for this conference. In other words, registrants will receive the banquet as a gift from the ISU Foundation, which will also bus us to and from Terre Haute for the event. We should think of ways, both individually and as a Society, to thank the Foundation for its kindness to us and its continuing, enthusiastic support of lexicography.

Information on conference registration, lodging, and travel from the Indianapolis airport, as well as links to Indiana University, may be found here at the conference website. Registration materials also will be enclosed with your spring 2009 DSNA newsletter. We have tried to make registration, hotel/residence hall reservations, and airport shuttle reservations as easy as possible. If you are flying to the conference and have not yet made airline reservations, note that your destination airport is Indianapolis International Airport.

Please do not hesitate to write with questions, comments, or concerns, to Michael Adams, the conference organizer, at adamsmp@indiana.edu or 317-851-8193. For more information about the Dictionary Society of North America, visit http://www.dictionarysociety.com/.

Sincerely yours,
Michael Adams

Monday, February 2, 2009

DSNA 2009 Biennial Meeting Program (Draft)

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

12:00-6:00, Registration
3:00, Executive Board Meeting

Session 1: Dictionaries, Pedagogy, and Language Learning
6:00, “Teaching Lexicography and Lexicology among the Aliterates,” John W. Taylor, South Dakota State University
6:30, “Using English Dictionaries Is not as Easy as ABC,” Amy Chi, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

7:00, Opening Reception

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Session 2: The Samuel Johnson Tercentenary Session
8:00 “What the History of Lexicography Can Teach Us: Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary as a Test Case,” Giovanni Iamartino, University of Milan
8:30 “Does Johnson’s Prescriptive Approach Still Have a Role to Play in Modern-Day Dictionaries?” Rufus H. Gouws and Liezl Potgieter, University of Stellenbosch
9:00 “Johnson’s Prescriptive Labels — A Reassessment,” Kate Wild, University of Glasgow
9:30 “Samuel Johnson’s Use of Scientific Sources in the Dictionary,” Chris Pearce, Boston University

10:00 Break

Session 3: History of English Lexicography
10:30 “Historical Significance of Cockeram’s Treatment of High Frequency Verbs,” Kusujiro Miyoshi, Soka Women’s College, Tokyo
11:00 “What’s in a Name?: The Hobson-Jobson, the ‘Anglo-Indian Tongue,’ and Late Victorian Dictionaries,” Traci Nagle, Indiana University
11:30 “‘Something like Mair’s Tyro’s Dictionary, with an Index’: Planning A Dictionary of the Anglo-Saxon Language,” Dabney Bankert, James Madison University
12:00 “‘The Real Strength and Vigour of Our Good Old English’: The Differing Receptions of Joseph Bosworth’s Dictionary of the Anglo-Saxon Language,” Lindsay Knight, Indiana University

12:30 Lunch

Session 4: Problems of Defining
1:30 “Defining Health: Melancholy and Mutation in the Early Modern English Medical Dictionary,” Jennifer Burek Pierce, University of Iowa
2:00 “Defining and Enlightening Domesticity: Nathan Bailey’s Dictionarium Domesticum,” David McCarter, Indiana State University
2:30 “Folk Defining Strategies vs. Comprehension of Dictionary Definitions — An Empirical Study,” Marta Grochoska and Mateusz Fabiszewski-Jaworski, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland
3:00 “What Hath Gay Marriage Wrought?” Joseph P. Pickett, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
3:30 “What Can Lexicographers Do that the Crowd Can’t?” Grant Barrett, American Dialect Society

4:30 Exhibition at the Lilly Library, introduced by the director, Professor Breon Mitchell, followed by a reception given by the Lilly Library

Friday, 29 May 2009

Session 5: National and Cultural Effects of Lexicography
8:00 “Lexicographic Evidence in the Dictionary of Louisiana French and the Constraints of a Dual Mission,” Kevin J. Rottet, Indiana University
8:30 “National Dictionaries: Pataka of Lexical, Cultural, Social, and Historical Data?” Dianne Bardsley
9:00 “Implications of Language Reform and Lexical Change for Uzbek Lexicography,” John Erickson and Umida Khikmatillaeva, both of Indiana University
9:30 “Canadianism, Americanism, North Americanism? A Comparison of the Dictionary of American Regional English and the Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles,” Luanne von Schneidemesser, DARE, and Stefan Dollinger, DCHP

10:00 Break

Session 6: Studies of the Oxford English Dictionary (and Related Subjects)
10:30 “Another James Murray?” David Vancil, Indiana State University
11:00 “Apricitie — Yes, Neogamus — No: Selective Inclusion of Seventeenth-Century Hard Word Dictionaries in the OED ,” Ammon Shea, New York, New York
11:30 “James Murray, Charles Fennell, and the Stanford Dictionary Controversy: Plagiarism or Paranoia?” Sarah Ogilvie, Trinity College, University of Oxford
12:00 “Collaboration, Competition, Confrontation: The Oxford English Dictionary’s Associations with Other Dictionaries,” Peter Gilliver, Oxford University Press

12:30 Lunch

Session 7: Slang Lexicography
1:30 “Butuzov’s English-Russian Dictionary of English Slang,” Donna M. T. Cr. Farina, New Jersey City University
2:00 “Historical and Sociological Methods in Slang Lexicography: Partridge, Maurer, and Cant,” Julie Coleman, University of Leicester
2:30 “Implicit and Explicit Definitions of Slang in Black-Oriented Dictionaries,” Jesse Sheidlower, Oxford University Press

3:15 Conference photograph taken on the steps of the Indiana Memorial Union
4:00 Board buses for Indiana State University
5:30 Exhibition and Tour of the Cordell Collection, led by David Vancil, Curator of the Cordell Collection
6:30 Reception and banquet, generously given to the Society by the Indiana State University Foundation. Speaker: Terry Pratt, President, Dictionary Society of North America

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Session 8: The Historical Thesaurus of the OED
8:00 “Turning the OED Inside Out: An Account of The Historical Thesaurus of the OED,” Judy Pearsall, Oxford University Press; Christian Kay, Irené Wotherspoon, Kate Wild, and Marc Alexander, all of the University of Glasgow

9:30 Break

Session 9: Corpus Lexicography
10:00 “Smart vs. Dumb in Corpus Lexicography,” Orion Montoya, Wordnik
10:30 “‘On Some Deficiencies in Our English Dictionaries’: A Corpus-Based, Internet-Enabled Plan of Redress,” Erin McKean, Verbatim: The Language Quarterly
11:00 “Go missing in American English: A Virtual Corpus Study,” Garrison Bickerstaff, University of Georgia

11:30 Lunch

Session 10: Bilingual and Learner’s Dictionaries
12:30 “Alonso de Molina and Some Observations on Active and Passive Bilingual Dictionaries Intended for a Single Audience,” Mary L. Clayton, Indiana University
1:00 “From Altieri (1749) to Zanichelli (2009): Charting the Changes in Lemmatization of Idioms through a History of Bilingual Italian-English Dictionaries,” Chris Mulhall, University College, Dublin
1:30 “Writing a Bilingual Learner’s Dictionary: A Case Study of Kirundi,” Theodora Bofman, Jeanine Ntihirageza, and Paul M. Prez, all of Northeastern Illinois University

2:00 Break

Session 11:
2:30 “Lumping, Splitting, and Natural Language Processing,” Orin Hargraves, Westminster, Maryland
3:00 “On digi-, reli-, and -zine: Shortened Elements in the ANW Dictionary,” Vivien Waszink, Institute of Dutch Lexicology
3:30 “‘Defining’ Affixes and Combining Forms in Print and Digital Dictionaries,” Janet DeCesaris, University of Pampeu Fabra

4:00 Break

Session 12: Origins
4:30 “Words that Webster Missed: Some Surprising Absences from his 1828 Dictionary,” Arthur Schulman, University of Virginia
5:00 “From Chaos and Old Night to Splendid Misery: Some Case Studies in Quotation Usage,” Elizabeth Knowles, Oxford University Press
5:30 “A Harmless Drudge at Work: The Thoroughly Tedious Etymology of crack ‘smokable cocaine’,” Ronald R. Butters, Duke University
6:00 “Etymological Games in Our Best Dictionaries,” Anatoly Liberman, University of Minnesota

7:00 Closing reception

Monday, January 26, 2009

Previous Meetings of DSNA

The DSNA Biennial Meeting XVI was held 13-16 June 2007 in conjuction with the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. A conference blog http://dsna-chicago.blogspot.com/ contains the meeting schedule and other information.

DSNA held its 15th Biennial Meeting in conjunction with Boston University 9-11 June 2005. Visit http://www.dictionarysociety.com/ for a list of papers presented.