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 or 317-851-8193. For more information about the Dictionary Society of North America, visit

Sincerely yours,
Michael Adams

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