News of Members

Alexander Bocast reports that the Encyclopedia of Diderot & d’Alembert Collaborative Translation Project has just published his translation of the article on définition in Diderot’s Encyclopédie, the first time that the article has been published in an English translation. They have put it up in three parts: one each for definition in logic, in mathematics, and in rhetoric.

Ray Cole, founder of the press The Rational Curriculums Enterprise™, which encourages “the rational development of the humanities,” in 2015 published Finding Your Voice, Everyday Phrases for Speaking and Writing, Volume 1 by Marshall Frank. Volume 1 contains “phrases that can serve as verbs or actions.” For more information please see

The paperback edition of Steven Pinker’s The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century was published earlier this year. Also, the Guardian published an interview in which he commends lexicographers rather than journalists and essayists as sources of sound advice on usage.

Lewis J. Poteet reports that “after six paperback slang word-books on Nova Scotia, Quebec Eastern Townships, hockey, cars and motorcycles, aviation and cops lexicons, I am at work on a memoir which probes links between Swaziland and Soweto, missions and apartheid, through narrative from my experience in those two places 1946–1952 and return trips 2012–2014. To be titled Voetsak, it will spring from words: the King James Version–flavoured Nazarene lexicon; Nationalist party naming of places and practices; the common significance for South African victims of repression and the protest songs from Sixto Rodriguez’ experience as a member of the ‘hardworking class’ in inner-city Detroit in the 1960s; the political power of muti and the bosberaad; the evolving fortunes of English and Afrikaans during the anti-apartheid struggle; and the way in which the ‘Gospel light’ has come to be better spread by solar-powered water pumps than by sermons.”

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HEL-LEX5, 5th International Symposium on History of English Lexicography and Lexicology, 16–18 February 2017, Zurich, Switzerland,

SHEL 10, English Department, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. 2–4 June 2017.

ASIALEX 2017, the National Key Research Center for Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS), Guangzhou, China. 10–12 June 2017.

Prescriptivism 2017, Brigham Young University, Park City, UT. 21–23 June 2017.

AustraLex Conference, University of the South Pacific, Rarotonga, Cook Islands. 28–29 August 2017.

eLex Conference, Institute of the Dutch Language, Leiden, the Netherlands, second half of September 2017.

19th Century Lexicography Conference: Between Science and Fiction. Stanford University, Stanford, CA USA, 6–7 April 2018.

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

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.

David Jost on Loving Dictionaries

DAVID JOST—lexicographer (formerly) with the Middle English Dictionary and (currently) with the American Heritage Dictionary, former DSNA president, DSNA Fellow, and now chair of the DSNA’s membership committee—has written a lovely guest essay for the AHD blog: Lovers of Dictionaries: Read This. In the essay he briefly touches on his long history with the society, giving an overview of the benefits the DSNA has brought to the world of dictionary-making. But, he adds, “the DSNA isn’t just for people who practice or study lexicography. It’s also a social network where dictionary and language lovers in the general populace can pursue and share their interests.”

A note about student membership

Student Membership in the Dictionary Society of North America is free. With that comes free access to all present and past issues of the DSNA journal Dictionaries via Project Muse as well as digital copies of the newsletter and the membership directory.

In order to process membership, we need a short message or letter from a supervising professor or advisor (or the equivalent) from an academic email account (even better: on letterhead) to the DSNA Executive Secretary confirming that you are a student and with your expected graduation date.

We will then provide you with free student membership until your graduation. Once we confirm your student status, we will enter you into our membership file, send you the Muse information, and you’re set.