Conferences Fall 2020

2021 Conference Postponed

With great regret, but having carefully considered the circumstances relating to the COVID pandemic, the Executive Board of DSNA has agreed to postpone the planned in-person 2021 biennial meeting. The Board has an unwavering commitment to holding an in-person meeting, with the focus already publicized, at a later date to be announced as soon as possible. We are also exploring the feasibility of holding an exciting one-day virtual meeting in June of 2021.

More details will follow, but it seemed right to convey the key information without delay.

Elizabeth Knowles
President, DSNA

DSNA XXIII in Boulder

Orin Hargraves

The 2021 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 a founding editor of the CUP journal Language and Cognition.

While the ongoing pandemic necessarily adds some uncertainty to our plans, we presently envision being able to hold the conference in circumstances that are normal, or nearly normal. We will update members with any known changes as they occur through regular channels.

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 June 2-5, 2021. It is 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, which was our partner in 2019 (Indiana) and 2015 (Vancouver).

Hotel (a Best Western) and university dormitory accommodation will be available. We encourage dormitory accommodation because there are contractual minimums that we must pay for, whether people are sleeping in the rooms or not. 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.

The conference committee is made up of DSNA president Elizabeth Knowles, DSNA executive secretary Kory Stamper, Dictionaries editor and president-elect Ed Finegan, DSNA member Lindsay Rose Russell (she’s from Boulder!) and myself. 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.

Call for Papers

The 23rd Biennial Dictionary Society of North America Conference will be held at the University of Colorado, Boulder, in June 2021. Presentations on any aspect of lexicography and lexicology in any language are welcome. Those focused on aspects of lexicology and lexicography of the American West are particularly encouraged. The conference will feature a workshop and plenary panel on lexicography of indigenous North American languages.

All presenters must be members of the DSNA. To join or renew membership, click on the “Join Us!” link at the website The program will begin with presentations on the evening of Wednesday, June 2 and will run through Saturday afternoon, June 5.

Workshop proposals (including pedagogy sessions) should be between 800 and 1000 words, excluding references. Submit these to Orin Hargraves, the conference host, at

Abstracts for presentations of 20 minutes, 10 minutes Q&A, are invited. Submission of abstracts (300-500 words) is via EasyAbs ( Please do not put any self-identifying references in your abstract.

Workshop submission (to conference host) is open from 1 Sept 2020 to 1 Dec 2020.

Abstract submission for papers (via EasyAbs)  will take place in two rounds:

Round 1 is open from 1 Sept 2020 to 15 October 2020. Round 1 presenters will be notified by 16 Nov 2020 of their acceptance.

Round 2 is open from 1 Nov 2020 to 5 Jan 2021. Round 2 presenters will be notified by 15 Feb 2021 of their acceptance.

Conference Dates: Thursday, June 2 to Saturday, June 5, 2021

Location: the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

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.

List of conferences by Lise Winer

Because of the uncertain circumstances engendered by the pandemic, many conference dates and plans are changing.  Please check with the conference organizers for dates, places, and (a)synchronous web accessibility. 

Society for Caribbean Linguistics, August 6-7, 2020.  All presentations will be available online with open access on YouTube.  Note the paper “Current challenges to Caribbean lexicography”, by Lise Winer.

AFRILEX.  The 25th Conference of the African Association for Lexicography, originally scheduled for Stellenbosch, South Africa, 22-25 June 2020, has been postponed to June/July 2021, in Stellenbosch.

ASIALEX, The Asian Association for Lexicography. The ASIALEX 2020 Conference is cancelled, and rescheduled for 12-14 June, 2021 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

EURALEX The European Association for Lexicography Conference originally scheduled for 2020 is moved to 7-11 September, 2021, remaining in Alexandroupolis, Greece.


ICCBCLL 2020: International Conference on Corpus Based Computational Linguistics and Lexicology, Sept. 16-17, 2020, Zurich, Switzerland.

ICLLDP 2020: 14. International Conference on Linguistics, Lexicography and Discourse Prosody. September 16-17, 2020, Lisbon, Portugal.

ICLVLL 2020: 14. International Conference on Language Variation, Lexicology and Linguistics. October 15-16, 2020, Rome, Italy.

ICEGLL 2020: 14. International Conference on English Grammar, Lexicography, and Linguistics. October 22-23, 2020, London, U.K.

ICLSCBL 2020: 14. International Conference on Language Sciences and Corpus Based Lexicology. October 22-23, 2020, London, U.K.

ICLSP 2020: 14. International Conference on Lexicography and Semantic Prosody. November 2-3, 2020, San Francisco, U.S.

ICCBL 2020: 14. International Conference on Corpus Based Lexicology. November 19-20, 2020, Paris, France

ICLS 2020: 14. International Conference on Lexicology and Sociolinguistics. November 19-20, 2020, London, U.K.

ICLCL 2020: 14. International Conference on Lexicography and Corpus Linguistics, November 19-20, 2020 in London, United Kingdom

ICLDP 2021: 15. International Conference on Lexicography and Discourse Prosody, April 12-13, 2021 in Venice, Italy.

ICLM 2021: 15. International Conference on Lexicography and Metaphor, July 05-06, 2021 in Singapore, Singapore

ICHLL11: 11th International Conference on Historical Lexicography and Lexicology, 16-18 June 2021, Universidad de La Rioja, Logroño, Spain.