DSNA 22 at Indiana University

May 8–11, 2019


We’re happy to report that registration for DSNA 22 (May 8-11, 2019, in Bloomington, Indiana) is open! Register at https://www.indiana.edu/~iucweb/dsna/

Attendance at DSNA 22 is open to members of the DSNA. If you aren’t sure about your membership status, contact the DSNA office at dsnaadmin@gmail.com. We encourage you to register early to guarantee your lodging preference.

We look forward to seeing you in May!


DSNA returns to Bloomington, Indiana, and the campus of Indiana University for its 22nd Biennial Meeting, May 8–11, 2019, and so does Studies in the History of the English Language (SHEL), with which DSNA 20 collaborated in Vancouver in 2015.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words for 20-minute papers about any aspect of lexicography or lexicology should be sent to adamsmp@indiana.edu by October 31, 2018. Participants will be notified of acceptance and a preliminary program posted on the conference website by the December holidays.  NB: Although DSNA is meeting with SHEL, DSNA papers will be reviewed separately from the SHEL papers and may be about lexicography in any language, not just English.

The conference will convene with a reception (perhaps after an opening session) on Wednesday evening, May 8. Concurrent sessions for DSNA and SHEL will be scheduled throughout Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning, with SHEL and DSNA business meetings scheduled on Saturday after lunch.

The conference will include several special features and events. For instance, the Lilly Library plans to mount an exhibit of dictionary and English language materials and will host a reception for us in the library to open the exhibit. I’m currently working with curators to prepare newly acquired collections of special interest to DSNA — that’s all I’ll say now, just enough to pique your interest. In Barbados, Jason Siegel introduced “The Five-Minute Lexicographer” into the program of DSNA 21, and we plan to continue what after Bloomington will be a tradition. And to help celebrate Indiana University’s Bicentennial, we’ll dwell some, in various ways, on the university’s place in the history and current practice of lexicography. It’s likely that anyone interested can make a pre-conference excursion to the Cordell Collection at nearby Indiana State University on Wednesday.

Also, I hope to arrange a few pre-conference seminars: 8–12 participants with pre-circulated papers and a plan for dissemination of the proceedings (special issue of a journal, book publication, etc.). DSNA 17 in Bloomington included just one such seminar, organized by Ilan Kernerman, the proceedings of which were published as English Learners’ Dictionaries at the DSNA 2009, by KDictionaries, edited by Kernerman and Paul Bogaards. If you would like to propose a specially-themed seminar, please let me know at the e-mail address above. I hope we’ll have three or four, this time around. The seminars would require Tuesday arrival and would take place all day Wednesday. Seminarians, especially, will appreciate the opening reception.

Bloomington in May is warm and dry. The city (with a population of roughly 85,000) is easy to navigate and walkable, and for the most part wheelchair accessible. Once most students have left for the summer, it’s relatively quiet and all amenities are available to visitors — excellent restaurants and bars, other evening entertainment (a comedy club, for instance), museums, cafés, etc. Participants are welcome to make their own arrangements, but a block of rooms will be reserved in the Biddle Hotel — inside the Indiana Memorial Union, where regular sessions and nearly all conference events will be held. Rooms will also be available in a student residence hall, just ten minutes away from the Union, for those who need to minimize expense. We will provide a walk-by or stand/sit-and-mingle breakfast in some Union space before each morning’s first session.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions and rest assured that we will welcome you warmly when you arrive in Bloomington and provide the best conference possible.

Michael Adams

Other Conferences

1st International Conference on Terminology: Heritage and Modernity, THM-2018. Sept 14-18, 2018, Tbilisi, Georgia. https://conferencealerts.com/show-event?id=201082.  CFP deadline June 15, 2018

23rd International Conference of the African Association for Lexicography, AFRILEX 2018, June 27-29, 2018, Cape Town, South Africa. http://afrilex.africanlanguages.com/homelex.html

8th Modern Greek Dialects and Linguistic Theory, MGDLT8, October 4-6, 2018, Gjirokastër, Albania

9th International Conference on Historical Lexicology and Lexicography, ICHLL9, June 20-22, 2018, Sant Margherita Ligure, Italy. http://www.ichll9.wordpress.com

ASIALEX2018 Lexicography in the Digital World, June 8-10, 2018, Krabi, Thailand. http://asialex2018.kmitl.ac.th/

The Modern Language Association’s second International Symposium will be held in Lisbon, Portugal in July 2019 and will bring together hundreds of international humanities scholars. We are inviting paper and session proposals related to the symposium theme, Remembering Voices Lost. Proposals may be submitted in English, French, Portuguese, or Spanish and are due by 21 September 2018.

If you have any questions about the symposium, please don’t hesitate to write to symposia@mla.org

eLex conference series continues with a conference in the beautiful city of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Portugal. Please forward this announcement to any colleagues or lists that may be interested in the conference. Dates: 1-3 October 2019. Venue: Vila Galé Hotel, Sintra, Portugal

Deadline for abstract submissions: 15 February 2019. Conference website: https://elex.link/ (more information available soon)