The Seattle Times reports that a dictionary of Klallam, a previously unwritten language, has been published. According to the Times: "About 100 people spoke Klallam as their first language when he first began learning Klallam in 1978, said Timothy Montler, a University of North Texas linguistics professor, and author of the dictionary. By the time the dictionary was published by the University of Washington Press last September, only two were left." Klallam is the native language of the 5,000 Lower Elwha Klallam tribe members, who live in the Olympic Peninsula at Elwha, Jamestown and Port Gamble, and across the Strait of Juan de Fuca at Beecher Bay. You can read the story of the 1,000 page lexicon's publication and watch a short video here.
The latest issue of DSNA's journal is now available online! Visit Project MUSE here.
Please be advised that the password to access Dictionaries changed on January 1, 2013. The new password has been sent to all current members. (If you renewed while our office was closed in January, you will receive your password information later today or tomorrow.) If you have not received the password and you believe your membership is current, please contact the DSNA office for assistance.
Hard copies of the journal were mailed to current members in December. If you have not received your copy, let us know!
Due to the continued interest in joining the 19th
DSNA conference, to be held May 23-25 at the University of Georgia in Athens,
and in response to several requests from proposers of papers and panels, the organizers
have extended the abstract submission deadline. The new deadline for abstract
submission to DSNA 2013 is February 11.
The suggested length for an abstract is 250 words
or less; please send abstracts to Don McCreary.
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.
Michael Hancher reports: "Digital Dictionaries," a session organized for the recent MLA convention by the Discussion Group on Lexicography, traced the evolution of dictionaries from page to pixel. The three presentations that made up most of this session were reported or commented on via Twitter by more than a dozen people, some of whom were not even in the room (one was in the UK). Ben Zimmer, editor of the Visual Thesaurus, who gave one of the presentations, later organized the program listing and the 79 tweets in a legible format. Journalist Colleen Ross interviewed Ben and Merriam-Webster Editor- at-large Peter Sokolowski by phone and posted an account and a podcast at her blog, Word of Mouth. Vox audita perit, littera scripta manet?