2017 Conference in Barbados

Plans for the conference in Barbados are moving along nicely. The Call for Papers will go out publicly shortly via the Linguist List and other linguistics and lexicography listservs. Be sure to share it widely when you receive the links. However, as DSNA members, you are the first to see the call here. All information will be on our website dsna21.weebly.com.

Be sure to book your rooms early at the Accra Beach Hotel or the Blue Horizon Hotel, both of which have special rates for the conference, or feel free to look for other hotels in the Rockley/Hastings area, all of which are gorgeous and none of which are very far by van or car from the Accra Beach Hotel. Accra Beach has also offered to honor the group rate for the five days preceding and following the conference, for those of you wishing to stay and enjoy the beautiful weather and attractions that Barbados has to offer.

For those who missed it here is a description of the Conference:

DSNA in Barbados June 9–12, 2017

Planning is already underway for DSNA’s next conference, to be held in Barbados June 9–12, 2017, at the Accra Beach Hotel. Please mark your calendar! It will be sponsored by the Richard & Jeannette Allsopp Centre for Caribbean Lexicography at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, St. Michael, Barbados. Jason Siegel, Director of the Centre, is the chair of the meeting; Jeannette Allsopp is also on the committee. Until Richard’s death in 2009, both he and Jeannette were longtime members of DSNA. Richard is the author of the Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage (1996). The publication of the dictionary marked the culmination of more than two decades of research, and includes data from eighteen Caribbean territories. Jeannette Allsopp authored the related Caribbean Multilingual Dictionary of Flora, Fauna, and Foods in English, French, French Creole, and Spanish (2003).
Jason reports that the conference will not have a theme per se, but people are encouraged to think about possible topics that deal with or intersect with the Caribbean region. A call for papers, along with details about registration and booking of hotels, will be forthcoming by the end of the summer. Call for Papers is given below.

June 12 will be reserved for an optional outing to see various tourist attractions on the island. The excursion includes Harrison’s Cave, a unique site in the Caribbean made possible by Barbados’s status as one of the few islands in the Antilles that is not volcanic. We will also visit the George Washington House, the site where the first U.S. president lived during the only period of time that he left what would become the U.S. We will not need any designated beach time during this visit, as the whole conference will be on beachfront property.

Call for Papers

The 21st Biennial Dictionary Society of North America Conference will be held off the North American continent for the first time, in the Caribbean country of Barbados. Presentations on any aspect of lexicography and lexicology in any language are welcome. Those focussed on aspects of Caribbean lexicology and lexicography are particularly encouraged. All presenters of conference papers must be members of the DSNA.