The 18th Biennial meeting of the Dictionary Society of North America will be held at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The program will begin with a reception on the evening of Wednesday, 8 June and continue through Saturday, 11 June 2011. McGill Library's Rare Books and Special Collections Department will be preparing an exhibit based on their lexicography holdings, which include early North American First Nations language dictionaries and glossaries, and mono- and bilingual works in French and English.
Those wishing to present papers (no longer than 20 minutes) should send abstracts to Lise Winer at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 15 January 2011. Abstracts for papers on any topic relating to the history, theory, or practice of lexicography are welcome. Abstracts for papers about bilingual lexicography are especially encouraged. Queries by mail should be sent to Lise Winer, Faculty of Education, McGill University, 3700 McTavish, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2 CANADA.
The International Fund of the Dictionary Society of North America continues to support international members who have difficulty paying annual dues because of currency conversion or government policies. Beginning in 2011, the International Fund will defray 50 percent of the annual fee for such members. Recipients of International Fund monies will confirm their status annually with the executive secretary.
If you are interested in receiving support from the International Fund, or would like to make a donation, contact the executive secretary.
Here's a cheerful story from the Wall Street Journal rejoicing in the near-completion of the Dictionary of American Regional English and and chatting with editor Joan Houston Hall about its role in everything from crime solving to America's culinary diversity. Ten years after moving to Buffalo, I still can't bring myself to say "pop" when I want a fizzy drink.
Please welcome the new DSNA logo, which will be appearing on our newsletter, journal, membership directory, website (when we switch to our new server) and no doubt T-shirts, coffee mugs, and temporary tattoos. Many thanks to designer Liz Scinta and to Wendalyn Nichols and other members of the Publications Committee for their hard work.
The New York Times Topics blog reports on the 50 words that readers most frequently looked up last year, using the option to click on a word in a story and be directed to the American Heritage Dictionary definition. "Inchoate" and "profligacy" won top honors.
The DSNA Newsletter volume 34(1) Spring 2010 is now available online by visiting http://www.mediafire.com/?nm24zximnzo and then selecting "click here to download." Please pardon our dust as we utilize a temporary file server for the newsletter, as we are still adjusting to and working through a Blogger.com website migration.