Luanne von Schneidermesser (President) - Send email
Luanne von Schneidemesser is Senior Editor/Distinguished Scientist Emerita, Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) at UW-Madison. She holds a PhD in German linguistics. She carried out fieldwork for the Atlas der deutschen Umgangssprachen; has taught English and German; and has been invited to lecture in Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, and Poland. Her publication topics include DARE, American regional English, settlement history, pop and soda, terms used in children’s games, Kansas vocabulary, German influences on American English, use of digital resources, and outreach. Most recently, she has presented frequently on Wisconsin Words. She has been president of the American Dialect Society; chair of the Executive Committee of the Conference of Administrative Officers of the American Council of Learned Societies and a member of the ACLS Board of Directors. She was Executive Secretary of DSNA1998-2007, is a fellow of the Society, and is currently President.
Steve Kleinedler (Vice-President) - Send email
Steve Kleinedler is executive editor of the reference group at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, publishers of American Heritage Dictionary and Webster’s New World reference works. He joined the editorial staff of the American Heritage Dictionary in 1997 and worked as a freelance editor for several reference titles for National Textbook Company between 1989 and 1997. Steve earned a BA in linguistics from Northwestern University and attended graduate school at the University of Chicago for linguistics. He previously served on the DSNA executive board from 2005-2009.
Michael Adams (Past President) - Send email
Michael Adams is Professor of English Language and Literature at Indiana University, Bloomington. He took his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, where he was an assistant on the Middle English Dictionary. He has also contributed to the American Heritage dictionaries and was a contributing editor on the Barnhart Dictionary Companion. His books include Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon (Oxford UP, 2003), Slang: The People’s Poetry (Oxford UP, 2009), and In Praise of Profanity (Oxford UP, 2016). He is editor of “Cunning passages, contrived corridors”: Unexpected Essays in the History of Lexicography (Polimetrica, 2010) and has written dozens of articles on lexicography and English lexis. He was once editor of Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America and recently retired as editor of the quarterly journal American Speech.
Rebecca Shapiro (Executive Secretary) - Send email
Rebecca Shapiro has a Ph. D. in eighteenth-century British literature and sociolinguistics/ESOL from Purdue University. She has written on the rhetoric of philo-Semitism in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature and political pamphlets, sociolinguistics in Maria Edgeworth, and register in the ESOL classroom. Her book, Fixing Babel: An Historical Anthology of Applied English Lexicography will be published by AMS Press in 2016. She is a professor and the director of composition at the City University of New York.
Ammon Shea (Board Member) - Send email
Ammon Shea is a lexicographically-inclined writer living in New York City. He is the author, most recently, of Bad English: a History of Linguistic Aggravation (Perigee, 2014). Previously he worked for Oxford University Press as Consulting Editor, North American Dictionaries, and as a reader for the OED's North American Reading Program. He now works for Merriam-Webster, writing on language for M-W.com.
Peter Sokolowski (Board Member) - Send email
Peter Sokolowski joined Merriam-Webster in 1994 as the company’s first French-language editor, and has since defined and edited entries for many of the company's dictionaries. He blogs at Merriam-Webster Unabridged, appears in the Ask the Editor videos at M-W.com, and was named among TIME's 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013. Active as a lecturer, he has led workshops for the U.S. State Department and serves as pronouncer for spelling bees worldwide. Peter attended the University of Paris and earned his M.A. in French Literature at the University of Massachusetts. He is also a freelance musician and a music host at New England Public Radio.
Lise Winer (Board Member) - Send email
Lise Winer is professor emerita in the Faculty of Education, McGill University, Montreal, specializing in second language education, sociolinguistics, and creole studies. She is the editor of The Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad & Tobago (2009), and the author of lexicography publications on ethnic and domain-specific lexicon, historical flora and fauna lexicon, etymology, and orthography. She has given four presentations at DSNA conferences and has two publications in Dictionaries. She serves on the Publications and Executive Committees, and was the local conference chair for DSNA 2011 in Montreal.
Stefan Dollinger (Board Member) - Send email
Stefan Dollinger is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Gothenburg and Associate Professor of English at UBC Vancouver (PhD in English Linguistics, Vienna University, 2006). He specializes in historical linguistics, dialectology, sociolinguistics and the lexicography and lexicology of varieties of English. Author of some 40+ papers, his books include New-Dialect Formation in Canada (2008, John Benjamins) and The Written Questionnaire in Social Dialectology (2015, John Benjamins) and, as editor-in-chief, the new edition of A Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles (DCHP-2, expected for 2016) and the digitized first edition DCHP-1 (Avis et al. 1967), which is now available in open access: www.dchp.ca/DCHP-1.
Ed Finegan (Editor of Dictionaries) - Send email
Ed Finegan is professor emeritus of linguistics and law at the University of Southern California, where he continues to lecture in the law school and serve as director of the university’s Center for Excellence in Teaching. He has co-edited Sociolinguistic Perspectives on Register (OUP) and Language in the USA (CUP); his textbook Language: Its Structure and Use (Cengage) is now in its seventh edition and on its last legs. In Attitudes toward English Usage: A History of a War of Words (Teachers College Press) and in chapters in two volumes of the Cambridge History of the English Language, he wrote about the treatment of usage and grammar in dictionaries and elsewhere. He has also written about North American English in CUP’s A History of the English Language and is preparing an article on the history of English in North America for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics. In an earlier life as a corpus linguist, he was a co-creator of ARCHER (A Representative Corpus of Historical English Registers). Now, in work in forensic linguistics, he relies heavily on corpora and dictionaries alike. He has also written about legal (and illegal) English and, from 2012 to 2015, served as president of the International Association of Forensic Linguists. He was the founding general editor of Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics and at present is DSNA’s delegate to the American Council of Learned Societies and, since 2015, editor of DSNA’s journal, Dictionaries. During much of 2015 and early 2016 he served as a consultant to “Hollywood Is a Verb: Los Angeles Tackles the Oxford English Dictionary,” and his essay on the OED appears at the project’s website: LFLA.org/OED.
Wendalyn Nichols (Book Review Editor of Dictionaries) - Send email
Wendalyn Nichols is the chair of the DSNA publications committee. A former teacher of remedial English, ESL, and composition, she joined Longman to train as a lexicographer in 1992, at the beginning of the "corpus revolution." She is now a publishing industry professional specializing in lexical and customized content strategy, editorial training, and editorial process management, having moved on from Longman to hold senior roles at Random House and McMurry. As Publishing Manager for dictionary and consumer reference products in the English Language Teaching division of Cambridge University Press, she leads the Cambridge Dictionaries Online content strategy and business development, dictionary data licensing, and app publishing. She holds a B.A. in linguistics and European studies from Seattle Pacific University and an M.Phil in Modern Literature (French and English poetry, and literary theory) from Oxford University. Her area of lexicographic expertise is English usage and grammar.
David Jost (Editor of DSNA Newsletter) - Send email
David Jost was until end of 2012 a vice president at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co. where he was in charge of digital content development. Having served as assistant and associate editor for nine years (1975-1984) at the Middle English Dictionary, he became Senior Lexicographer for the third edition of the American Heritage Dictionary, published in 1992. From 2003 to 2005 he was president of the DSNA and was elected a Fellow in 2015.