The Lexicology of Languages for Specific Purposes Research Group (LexEsp) has announced its International Seminar on English and ESP Lexicology and Lexicography to be held at the University of Alicante (Spain) on November 24-26, 2011. The organizing committee encourages the submission of individual abstracts focused on the following areas: Specialized Lexis/Lexicology, Specialized Dictionaries, General Dictionaries Structure and Composition, Bilingual (English-Spanish) Lexicography, Computational Lexicography and Lexicology, English Historical and Scholarly Lexicography and Etymology, Dictionary Use, Word-formation Processes in General and Professional English, Terminology and Terminography, Phraseology and Collocation, and Educational Technology for Lexis/Lexicology Teaching and Learning.
Abstracts of up to 300 words should be submitted by Friday 7 October 2011. All submissions are minimally double blind peer reviewed. For more information and for the Abstract Submission template, visit the LexEsp conference website.
To welcome the Eighteenth Biennial Meeting of the Dictionary Society of North America to McGill University, June 8–11, 2011, Rare Books and Special Collections of McGill University Library prepared a special exhibition of rare books and manuscripts related to lexicography. Languages represented by these books and manuscripts included Eskimo, Huron, Cree, Ottawa, Chinook Jargon, Tshimpsean, Hydah, Blackfoot, Micmac, French, Latin, Italian, and English. The descriptions that accompanied these items provide much valuable information, and we are glad to be able to publish them here. Special thanks are due to Ann Marie Holland, Liaison Librarian, Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University Library, for arranging the exhibition and for making these descriptions available to us.
Michael Adams and Anne Curzan are pleased to announce publication of Contours of English and English Language Studies (University of Michigan Press, 2011; Pp. iv + 371), a collection designed to honor the late Richard W. Bailey, the founding editor of Dictionaries, President of DSNA, and a Fellow of DSNA.
The book is divided into four sections representing four of Richard’s particular interests: American Dialects, History of the English Language, English Lexicography, and English Language Studies and Education. Each section includes a brief introduction by the editors, three substantial essays, and a response essay. Here is the Table of Contents:
Dennis R. Preston, “Michigander Talk: God’s Own English”
Walt Wolfram, “The African American English Canon in Sociolinguistics”
William A. Kretzschmar, Jr., “The Beholder’s Eye: Using Self-Organizing Maps to Understand American Dialects”
Response by Sonja J. Lanehart, “To Continue Moving Forward in English Language and Linguistics in the Twenty-First Century”
History of the English Language
Lynda Mugglestone, “Benjamin Smart and Michael Faraday: The Principles and Practices of ‘Talking Proper’ in Nineteenth-Century England”
Anatoly Liberman, “The Etymology of the Word Wife”
Edgar W. Schneider, “English into Asia: From Singaporean Ubiquity to Chinese Learners’ Features”
Response by Colette Moore, “History of the English Language in the English Department: Past and Present”
Joan Houston Hall, “New Suckers from the Old Root”
Jesse Sheidlower, “How Quotation Paragraphs in Historical Dictionaries Work: The Oxford English Dictionary”
Michael B. Montgomery, “The Core or the Periphery?: The Lack of a Dictionary of Irish English on Historical Principles”
Response by Marsha L. Dutton, “Embracing the Digital Siren: Collaborative Lexicography in the Twenty-First Century”
English Language Studies and Education
Geneva Smitherman and Minnie Quartey-Annan, “African American Language and Education: How Far Have We Come?”
Dennis Baron, “Language and Education: The More Things Change”
Amy J. Devitt, “Written Language in Use: An Essay on Returning Language to Writing Studies”
Response by Susanmarie Harrington, “Watch the Language: Scholarship, Teaching, and Change”
The general introduction includes an account of Richard’s career. We hope that members of the Society who knew Richard will consider buying the book as an act of memory, but the contents richly reward the purchase price of USD35.95 for anyone interested in any, some, or all of the book’s subjects. We hope that colleagues at colleges and universities will recommend purchase to their libraries. The book is available at the University of Michigan Press website, as well as at Amazon.