The 2011 Computational Linguistics-Applications Conference (CLA'11) will take place 17-19 October at the Warszawianka Hotel Wellness & Spa in Jachranka (near Warsaw, Poland). The Computational Linguistics Applications Conference was established to create a dialog between researchers and practitioners involved in Computational Linguistics and related areas of Information Technology. For details on submitting paper proposals along with other conference information, visit the conference website. The deadline for paper proposals is 20 June 2011.
A friend forwarded the following repurposing of Samuel Johnson's famous advice to James Boswell, from the webpage of LifeCoach Melody Williams:
MOMENT OF GROWTH: Week 6
“Clear your mind of can’t” (Samuel Johnson)
You can do it. You have a dream. Others may try to tell you you can’t do it. There are many negative thinkers out there. They may blow a “cold wind” on your dreams. But you don’t have to let them. If this happens and negative creeps into your mind remind yourself very intentionally that it is their problem and that indeed YOU CAN DO IT.
Those who have been persuaded to think well of my design, require that it should fix our language, and put a stop to those alterations which time and chance have hitherto been suffered to make in it without opposition. With this consequence I will confess that I flattered myself for a while; but now begin to fear that I have indulged expectation which neither reason nor experience can justify. When we see men grow old and die at a certain time one after another, from century to century, we laugh at the elixir that promises to prolong life to a thousand years; and with equal justice may the lexicographer be derided, who being able to produce no example of a nation that has preserved their words and phrases from mutability, shall imagine that his dictionary can embalm his language, and secure it from corruption and decay, that it is in his power to change sublunary nature, or clear the world at once from folly, vanity, and affectation.
The Visual Thesaurus reminds us that, according to DSNA member Allan Metcalf, today marks the anniversary of the first print appearance of "OK," in the Boston Morning Post, 23 March 1839. Heeding Metcalf's calls for OK Day, we at DSNA are celebrating by putting address labels on your spring 2011 newletter, while the snow howls around our office. But that's okay.
Joshua Kendall's article in The Nation discusses Dr. W. C. Minor's early and problematic work as a definer for the 1864 edition of Webster's Dictionary, two decades before the mental collapse which led to his incarceration and, ultimately, to his famous contributions to the Oxford English Dictionary. Minor's involvement with Webster also is discussed by DSNA member Michael C. Hancher in his article "Illustrating Webster," just published inDictionaries (31) 2010.
Here's a review of a play about the great Cham, currently on stage in Ashford, U.K. and then going on tour. It sounds like fun, although I am dismayed to learn that Hodge is played by a Jack Russell terrier.
Lured by this reassuring statement, I checked out the full story at The Altucher Confidential on the Business Wire. In his blog posting, James Altucher wryly fantasizes the life of a lexicographer from the usage examples in his Spanish-English dictionary. Of course, we've seen this kind of thing before. Altucher should've looked up "oats" and "irony."
The conference website with online registration will be coming soon.
The conference venue is the McGill New Residence, at www.mcgill.ca/nrh/. We have arranged a special conference price for in-hotel accommodations; please mention the DSNA when you enquire. We cannot ensure this discounted price any later than the end of April – be advised that the Montreal Grand Prix will be going on that weekend, and accommodations in the city will be heavily reserved in advance. The conference site is handicapped-accessible, but if you have any special needs, please contact Lise Winer at firstname.lastname@example.org. And of course, you are welcome to extend your stay to enjoy the wonderful features of the city of Montreal at your leisure.