Papers are now invited for the fifth International Conference for Historical Lexicography and Lexicology, to be held at St Anne’s College Oxford 16-18 June 2010. Plenary speakers will be Michael Adams (‘World War II, Anglo-American Lexicography, and the Dictionary of American English’), Ulrike Hass (‘In search of the European dimension of lexicography’) and John Simpson (‘OED3 in the making’). The conference will mark the tenth anniversary of OED Online: i.e., the major revision of the OED currently underway in Oxford. Papers relating to dictionaries and dictionary-making are particularly welcome, but as with past conferences we hope to attract papers on a broad range of topics in lexicography and lexicology. Abstracts (no more than 300 words) should be sent to mailto:ichll%40herald.ox.ac.uk by 30 November 2009.
"Richard Wentworth's hanging mobile of dictionaries pierced by wires also produced a few appreciative smiles. Stand underneath it, like a baby in a cot beneath a set of pink rabbits, and you can read the titles, Finnish by A.H.Whitney, Learn Teluga in 30 Days, Collins Italian Dictionary, A Dictionary of Current American Usage. Each one is strung out below a dark iron frame and secured by a steel knot." So writes Peter Stothard on his TimesOnline blog. I found the photo at http://universes-in-universe.org/eng/bien/venice_biennale/2009/.
Well, I wasn't going to post about the supposed milestone, but as the Newspaper of Record quotes some of our members, here's a link to the article from today's New York Times' Week in Review section (is it a section if you access it online? Today I read the paper copy). I'm actually more interested in which library of dictionaries has been used for the illustration. Does anyone recognize it? Visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/14/weekinreview/14shuessler.html.
Don't forget: If you registered for the Bloomington meeting, you may purchase backlist DSNA publications at a reduced price. Visit the DSNA Bloomington website (see the link on the sidebar) and click on Publications for Purchase.
"Last year, when 89-year-old Marie Smith Jones died, a language died with her. Jones was the last speaker of a south-central Alaskan language called Eyak..." For the rest of the story, visit the Chronicle of Higher Education's website at: http://chronicle.com/free/v55/i38/38linguistics.htm
Here's a nice illustrated article from the Indiana State University news service, about the Cordell Collection and DSNA's visit during our Bloomington meeting. I'm only sorry the photo of Baretti's Dictionary of English and Italian Languages is too small for you to see what a wonderful book it is. Visit http://www.indstate.edu/news/news.php?newsid=1820.
At the 2009 DSNA meeting in Bloomington last week, Traci Nagle, who won the Urdang-DSNA Fellowship in 2008, presented a paper on her fellowship-funded research into the origins of "Hobson-Jobson." Benjamin Zimmer of the Visual Thesaurus offers a discussion of that paper at his Word Routes blog: check out http://www.visualthesaurus.com/cm/wordroutes/1874/.
We look forward to sharing other souvenirs, reflections and commentaries on the meeting--just send us the links!