DSNA 24 in Boulder, Colorado

Call for Papers

The 24th Biennial Dictionary Society of North America Conference will be held at the University of Colorado, Boulder, 31 May to 3 June, 2023. The conference will feature a workshop and plenary panel on lexicography of indigenous North American languages.

Presentations on any aspect of dictionaries, lexicography, and lexicology, in any language, historical or contemporary, are welcome. Those focused on aspects of lexicography and lexicology of the American West are particularly encouraged.

All presenters of conference papers must be members of the DSNA but you need not be a member to submit an abstract. To join or renew membership, click on the “Join Us!” link at the website www.dictionarysociety.com.

The program will begin with workshops on the afternoon of Wednesday, 31 May and will run through Saturday afternoon, 3 June 2023.

Papers/presentations: abstracts of 300 to 500 words excluding references for presentations of 20 minutes, 10 minutes Q&A, are invited. Submission of abstracts is via EasyChair (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dsna24). Please omit any self-identifying references in your abstract.

Panels and/or workshops: We have room for two or three workshops or panels about various aspects of lexicology or lexicography (e.g., computational linguistics and lexicography, dictionaries in the classroom, etc.), and we invite panel or workshop proposals in addition to papers. Proposals should include a list of presenters, focus of the panel/workshop, duration (2 hour limit), and a description of its aims. Submit these to Orin Hargraves, the conference organizer, at orin.hargraves@colorado.edu. Please put “DSNA panel/workshop proposal” in the subject line.

Abstract submission for papers (via EasyChair, see link above)  22 August to 9 December 2022.

Panel/Workshop submissions (to conference organizer, see email above) is open from 22 August to 1 Dec 2022.

Information about the sponsor: The Dictionary Society of North America promotes the development, practice, and study of lexicography, and the use, compilation, curation, marketing, maintenance, and scholarly examination of dictionaries and related reference works. It provides forums for discussion and dissemination of information on all of these topics, including a peer-reviewed journal, a newsletter, a blog, and biennial meetings. The DSNA was formed in 1975 to bring together people interested in dictionary making, study, collection, and use. Our members include people working on dictionaries, academics who engage in research and writing about dictionaries, dictionary collectors, librarians, booksellers, translators, linguists, publishers, writers, collectors, journalists, and people with an avocational interest in dictionaries. The only requirement for membership is an expression of interest in language, in words, dictionaries and lexicography, or any combination of these.

More about the Conference

Orin Hargraves, Conference Organizer

The 2023 DSNA conference will be held at the University of Colorado, Boulder, or CU as the locals call it. Many of you know that I have worked there for the last several years in various capacities, none of which credentials me to host a conference at the institution. Happily, a colleague has agreed to be our faculty sponsor. So firstly, hats off to Laura Michaelis-Cummings, who is currently Chair of Linguistics at CU, a former student of Charles Fillmore at Berkeley where she did her PhD, and also the editor of the CUP journal Language and Cognition.

CU Boulder is the largest research university in Colorado with a total enrollment over 30,000. Boulder is located in northern Colorado, less than an hour from the capital Denver, and well served by public transportation links. Renowned for its location at the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains, Boulder is also home to the only Chautauqua still in operation west of the Mississippi. It is the closest metropolitan area to Rocky Mountain National Park, the third most visited national park. Federal agencies NCAR, NIST, and NOAA all have labs in Boulder. The city is a destination for climbers, astrophysicists, geologists, sightseers, foodies, and  now: lexicographers!

The conference will take place May 31-June 3, 2023. It is in the planning stages now but it’s never too early to put forth your fantastic ideas about how to make the conference a success, nor too early to pledge dollops of sponsorship cash to make the conference more enjoyable for everyone. This will be a “standalone” DSNA conference, not coincident with SHEL, who was our partner in 2019 (Indiana) and 2015 (Vancouver).

We have not yet teamed with a conference hotel but we have designated a likely banquet venue and have also secured space for our use at the University Memorial Center (UMC), a centrally located campus building that houses the bookstore, a food court, a ballroom, and numerous offices and meeting rooms. There will be dormitory accommodation available for those who want it, and we do encourage this because there are contractual minimums that we must pay for, whether people are sleeping in the rooms or not.

The conference committee is made up of DSNA vice president Kory Stamper, president Ed Finegan, executive director Lindsay Rose Russell (she’s from Boulder!) and myself (Orin Hargraves). Please feel free to contact any of us. We are especially interested in hearing from members who have ideas for symposia, workshops, and panels to be offered during or immediately before the conference.