Dictionary Society of North America 22/Studies in the History of the English Language 11

Wednesday, May 8

8:00–3:30        Excursion to the Cordell Collection, Indiana State University

9:00–4:00        Globalex Workshop on Lexicography and Neologism (GWLN 2019), organized and led by Ilan Kernerman (K Dictionaries) and Annette Klosa-Kückelhaus (Leibniz Institute for German Language/University of Mannheim) in the Sassafras Room

9:00–3:30        Seminar on Descriptive and Prescriptive Approaches in Lexicography, organized and led by Edward Finegan (University of Southern California) in the Walnut Room (Participation is by invitation; papers have been pre-circulated)

Session 1A: Defining Problems

Room:             Walnut           

Chair:              David Vancil (Indiana State University)

4:00                 Krista Williams (College of Charleston) and Kory Stamper (Independent lexicographer), “Groups of colors in American and European dictionaries”

4:30                 Paper moved because of cancellation.

5:00                 Orin Hargraves (Independent lexicographer), “Century Dictionary definitions of Charles Sanders Peirce”

5:30                 Robert Krovetz (Lexical Research), “A cross-dictionary comparison of word sense individuation and lexical semantic relationships”

Session 1B: The Editor’s Perspective

Room:             Persimmon

Chair:              Janet DeCesaris (Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona)

4:00                 Brianne Hughes (Bishop Fox), “Self-made lexicographer: How I compiled a cybersecurity style guide”

4:30                 Paul Schaffner (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), “The ‘new’ Middle English Dictionary: Resurrection or zombie apocalypse?”

5:00                 Carly Bahler (Indiana University, Bloomington), “Towards a dictionary of New England French: Lessons from Louisiana French lexicography”

5:30                 Rachel Stone (Druide Informatique), “A new dictionary of antonyms for writing software”

Session 1C: Old English Matters

Room:             Maple Room

Chair:              Matthew Lynch (Indiana University, Bloomington)

4:00                 R. D. Fulk (Indiana University, Bloomington), “West-Saxon prose and the lexemic theory of Anglo-Saxon scribal method”

4:30                 Danielle Williams (University of Nebraska, Kearney), “Translating compounds in The Wanderer

5:00                 Megan Hartman (University of Nebraska, Kearney), “Stretching formulaic diction”

5:30                 Stephen C. E. Hopkins (University of Central Florida), “Leveraging perplexity in Old English critical editions”

Opening reception

Room:             State Room East

Host:               Michael Adams (Indiana University, Bloomington)

6:30–8:00        This reception, provided by the Indiana University Office of the Bicentennial, celebrates the university’s foundational role in establishing lexicography as an academic discipline, first by hosting a lexicography conference here in 1960, later by publishing the proceedings of that conference as Problems in Lexicography, a new edition of which will be published by Indiana University Press in 2020

DSNA Publications Committee Meeting

Venue:             The home of Traci C. Nagle and Sumit Ganguly


Thursday, May 9

8:00–9:00        Breakfast in the Frangipani Room

SHEL Plenary I

Room:             Frangipani

Chair:              R. D. Fulk (Indiana University, Bloomington)

9:00–10:00      Daniel Donoghue (Harvard University), “The next innovation? Dictionaries as databases”

10:00–10:30    Beverage Break in the Frangipani Room

Session 2A: New Words, New Meanings, New Histories, New Questions

Room:             Walnut

Chair:              Lindsay Rose Russell (University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign)

10:30               Paz Battaner (Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona) and Irene Renau (Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso), “The lexicography of English at the Real Academia Española”

11:00               Elizabeth Knowles (Editor, Oxford Dictionary of Quotations), “One dictionary, two introductions: The first edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, 1941”

11:30               Patrick Hanks (University of Wolverhampton) “What is phraseology, why is it relevant to dictionaries, and why has it been neglected in traditional dictionaries?”

12:00               Janet DeCesaris (Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona) and Carla Morello (University of Turin) “New meanings for old words in dictionaries of Italian and Spanish”

Session 2B: Philosophies of Lexicography

Room:             Persimmon

Chair:              Connie C. Eble (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

10:30               Donna M. T. Cr. Farina (New Jersey City University), Marjeta Vrbinc (University of Ljubljana), and Alenka Vrbinc (University of Ljubljana), “The philosophy of lexicography: Slovenian lexicographers reflect”

11:00               Michael Hancher (University of Minnesota), “Dictionary vs. encyclopedia, then and now”

11:30               Shigeru Yamada (Waseda University), “Utility of EFL dictionaries for reading a political text: The case of Obama’s Farewell Address”

12:00               Don W. Chapman (Brigham Young University), “Say X and not Y: Fundamental elements of usage guide entries”

Session 2C: The Internationally Famous SHEL Pedagogy Session

Room:             Maple

Chairs:             Chris Palmer (Kennesaw State University) and Colette Moore (University of Washington)

10:30–12:30    Pedagogy Session

Yin Liu (University of Saskatchewan), Annina Seiler (University of Zurich), K. Aaron Smith (Illinois State University), and Trini Stickle (Western Kentucky University)

12:30–1:30      Lunch (on your own)

Session 3A: Dictionaries Define Culture

Room:             Walnut

Chair:              Michael Hancher (University of Minnesota)

1:30                 Traci C. Nagle (Indiana University, Bloomington), “Defining highway robbery: The Ramaseeana and the British Campaign against Thugee in India, 1835–1840”

2:00                 Virginia Meirelles (University of Brasilia), “An investigation of the occupations listed in two editions of Webster’s Spelling Book in A Dictionary for Primary Schools

2:30                 Alexandra Doherty (University of British Columbia), “The Western Canadian Dictionary and the making of the Canadian West”

3:00                 Linda C. Mitchell (San José State University), “Dictionaries, foreigners, and assimilation in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England”

Session 3B: Panel on Dictionary Front Matter — Across Languages, Across Cultures, Across Time

Room:             Persimmon

Chair:              Peter Sokolowski (Merriam-Webster)

1:30–3:00        Janet DeCesaris (Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona), “The Anointed Six: Front matter in the Spanish Royal Academy dictionaries, from the 18th to our century”

Donna M. T. Cr. Farina (New Jersey City University), “Language, culture, and standard language: Front matter in 20th-century Soviet–Russian dictionaries”

Carla Marello (University of Turin), “Disappearing act: Front matter in electronic versions of 20th-century Italian dictionaries”

Alenka Vrbinc (University of Ljubljana) and Marjeta Vrbinc (University of Ljubljana), “Focus on the user: Front matter in Slovenian dictionaries”

Session 3C: Sounds of (Mostly) English

Room:             Maple

Chair:              Stephen C. E. Hopkins (University of Central Florida)

1:30                 Anatoly Liberman (University of Minnesota), “The uses of historical phonology”

2:00                 Paper canceled

2:30                 Donka Minkova (UCLA), “Rhyme evidence for final cluster simplification in Early Middle English: /-ŋg/ > /-ŋ/ and /-rs/ > /-s/

3:00                 William A. Kretzschmar, Jr. (University of Georgia) and Katherine Kuiper (University of Georgia), “Apparent time in Big Data phonetic analysis”

3:30     Break with snacks in the Frangipani Room

Session 4A: Panel on The Differential, Historical, and Etymological Dictionary of Louisiana French, in Four Parts

Room:             Walnut

Chair:              Jason Siegel (The University of the West Indies)

4:00–5:00        Albert Valdman (Indiana University, Bloomington), Tom Klingler (Tulane University), Kevin Rottet (Indiana University. Bloomington), and Marvin Moody (Indiana University, Bloomington)

Session 4B: Literary Quotation

Room:             Maple

Chair:              Steve Kleinedler (President, Dictionary Society of North America)

4:00                 Don W. Chapman (Brigham Young University), “A truth universally acknowledged: Literary quotations in the history of the English language”

4:30                 Madeline Keyser (Indiana University, Bloomington), “From marginalia to Middle-Earth: Sixteen philological books and their influence on J.R.R. Tolkien’s fiction”

Exhibit and Reception at the Lilly Library

Conveners:      Erika Dowell (Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington) and Michael Adams (Indiana University, Bloomington)

5:00–7:00        We will introduce you to some of the Lilly’s vast collection of dictionaries and related archives and works on the history of English, especially the recent gift, by Cynthia Barnhart, of the Barnhart Collection (see the brief introduction to the collection in this Newsletter in the Collections section.)

DSNA Executive Board Meeting

Room:             Walnut

Chair:              Steve Kleinedler (President, DSNA)


Friday, May 10

8:00–9:00        Breakfast in the Frangipani Room

9:00–10:00      SHEL Plenary II

Room:             Frangipani

Chair:              Anne Curzan (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

9:00–10:00      Carol Percy (University of Toronto), “The standardization of English and the eighteenth-century stage”

10:00–10:30    Beverage Break in the Frangipani Room

Session 5A: Lexicography of the Unexpected

Room:             Walnut

Chair:              Ronald R. Butters (Duke University)

10:30               Ben Zimmer (Wall Street Journal), “‘Why this residual prudishness?’: How the f-word was removed from Webster’s Third

11:00               Debbie Anderson (University of California, Berkeley) and Jane Solomon (Dictionary.com), “Defining emoji: Why lexicographers should care about emoji meaning”

11:30               Maria Barrera-Agarwal (Brooklyn, New York), “Knowing Vidyā: The lexicographical journey of an erroneous definition”

12:00               Annette Klosa-Kückelhaus (Leibniz Institute for German Language/University of Mannheim), “English loan words in Modern German”

Session 5B: Histories of Lexicography

Room:             Persimmon

Chair:              Linda C. Mitchell (San José State University)

10:30               Volker Harm (University of Göttingen), “Passow, Gesner, Grimm, and the rise of modern lexicography out of Classical studies”

11:00               Kelsey Wilson (University of British Columbia), “‘Francis Grose: An early descriptivist?’: The uptake of slang terms as a descriptive diagnostic throughout the editions of the Oxford English Dictionary

11:30               Alexander Bocast (Berkeley Bridge Press), “Evolution of the dictionaries of John Entick and William Perry”

12:00               Jason Siegel (The University of the West Indies), “Uncovering the Lexique de Saint Barthélmy

Session 5C: Syntax and Pragmatics

Room:             Maple

Chair:              Wen Xin (University of Kansas)

10:30               Sarah Schwarz (Uppsala University), “Telicity and affectedness in the prepositional passive: A corpus study”

11:00               Erik Smitterberg (Uppsala University), “Relative and participle clauses as noun-phrase postmodifiers in nineteenth-century English”

11:30               Johanna Wood (Aarhus University), “The Nouns couple and pair used as degree modifers”

12:00               Reijiro Shibasaki (Meiji University), “From punctuation to pragmatic marker, period: Written language as a source of language change”

Session 6A: Deep Dives

Room:             Walnut

Chair:              Kevin Rottet (Indiana University, Bloomington) 

1:30                 Ligeia Lugli (King’s College London), “Towards a Sanskrit Corpus Dictionary: Recent advances in Sanskrit Natural Language Processing and their implications for Sanskrit lexicography”

2:00                 Regiani Aparecida Santos Zacarias (San Paulo State University), Mariana Paoleschi Antunes de Souza (San Paulo State University), and Tatiane Rodrigues Lopes dos Santos (San Paulo State University), “Corpus analysis in the making of a Portuguese-English dictionary of verbs for Brazilian students — Focus on the user’s perspective”

2:30                 Ammon Shea (Merriam-Webster), “The translator as coiner: Examining sixteenth- and seventeenth-century translations of Spanish literature for evidence of antedating”

3:00                 Ronald R. Butters (Duke University), “Fire cider”

Session 6B: Something New

Room:             Persimmon

Chair:              Edward Finegan (University of Southern California)

1:30                 Anatoly Liberman (University of Minnesota), “An explanatory dictionary of English idioms”

2:00                 Paper canceled.

2:30                 Iztok Kosem (University of Ljubljana), Carole Tiberius (University of Leiden), Jelena Kallas (Institute of Estonian Language, Estonia), Miloš Jakubíček (Masaryk University), Simon Krek (University of Ljubljana), Margit Langemets (Institute of Estonian Language, Estonia), and Svetla Koeva (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), “European Lexicographic Infrastructure (ELEXIS): First results”

3:00                 Iztok Kosem (University of Ljubljana), Špela Arhar Holdt (University of Ljubljana), Jaka Čibej (University of Ljubljana), Kaja Dobrovoljc (University of Ljubljana), Polona Gantar (University of Ljubljana), Vojko Gorjanc (University of Ljubljana), Bojan Klemenc (University of Ljubljana), Simon Krek (University of Ljubljana), Cyprian Laskowski (University of Ljubljana), Nikola Ljubešić (University of Ljubljana), Eva Pori (University of Ljubljana), Marko Robnik Šikonja (University of Ljubljana), “Making dictionaries responsive: Benefits for both users and lexicographers”

Session 6C: Pragmatics Redux

Room:             Maple

Chair:              Bethany Christiansen (The Ohio State University)

1:30                 Tomoharu Hirota (University of British Columbia) and Laurel J. Brinton (University of British Columbia), “The development of a confirmation marker: You bet (you)

2:00                 Fuyo Osawa (Hosei University), “Secondary grammaticalization: Its true nature”

2:30                 Wen Xin (University of Kansas), “A diachronic study of metadiscourse in English language studies”

3:00                 Colette Moore (University of Washington), “Invented Languages, Indigenous Languages, and HEL”

3:30–4:00        Break with snacks in the Frangipani Room

Panel on Problems in Lexicography

Room:             Frangipani

Chair:              Michael Adams (Indiana University, Bloomington)

4:00–5:00        Michael Adams, Patrick Hanks (University of Wolverhampton), and Janet DeCesaris (Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona)

Awards Presentations and Valedictory Address

Room:             Frangipani

Chair:              Steve Kleinedler (President, Dictionary Society of North America)

5:00–6:00        Presentation of the Richard W. Bailey Award for Distinguished Service to Lexicography or Lexicology to Connie C. Eble (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) by Ben Zimmer (Wall Street Journal)

                        Presentation of the Frederic G. Cassidy Award for Distinguished Achievement in Lexicography or Lexicology to Enid Pearsons by Wendalyn Nichols

Steve Kleinedler (President, Dictionary Society of North America), “A Life in Lexicography”


Room:             State Room, East and West

Host:               Michael Adams (Indiana University, Bloomington)


After Dinner Entertainment: “‘The Big Book’: A musical discussion of lexicographical thought”

Room:             Frangipani

Chair:              Ammon Shea (Merriam-Webster)

8:00–9:00        Lindsay Rose Russell (University of Illinois), Orion Montoya (Textio), Orin Hargraves (Independent lexicographer), Rachel Stone (Druide Informatique), and Company

Saturday, May 11

8:00–9:00        Breakfast in the Frangipani Room

SHEL Plenary III

Room:             Frangipani

Chair:              Colette Moore (University of Washington)

9:00–10:00      Peter Grund (University of Kansas), “What is the role of the synchronic in (English) historical linguistics?”

10:00–10:30    Beverage Break in the Frangipani Room

Session 7A: Root and Branch

Room:             Walnut

Chair:              Mark Canada (Indiana University, Kokomo)

10:30               Allan Metcalf (MacMurray College), “Hey, you guys”

11:00               Gerald Cohen (Missouri University of Science and Technology), “Origin of slang galoot

11:30               Matthew Little (Mississippi State University), “Origin of put the kibosh on: Solving a longstanding etymological mystery”

12:00               Sarah Tsiang (Eastern Kentucky University), “Hobbies, horses, and hobby horses: An interesting case of intersecting histories”

Session 7B: Engaging Lexicography

Room:             Persimmon

Chair:              Michael Adams (Indiana University, Bloomington)

10:30               Michael Douma (IDEA), “Using a Word Game App and a Word Explorer App to engage the public”

11:00               Felicia Jean Steele (The College of New Jersey), “Playing with dictionaries: A Model for teacher professional development”

11:30               Beth Young (University of Central Florida), “Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary’s greatest hits”

Session 7C: SHEL Potpourri (for $1000)

Room:             Maple

Chair:              Megan Hartman (University of Nebraska, Kearney)

10:30               Bethany Christiansen (The Ohio State University), “Old English-to-Latin Translation in an Early Anglo-Norman Medical Text”

11:00               Jennifer Stone (University of Alaska, Anchorage), “The Role of English in ‘Civilizing’ and Americanizing Alaska: Mission Language Policies 1877–1931”

11:30               Amanda Sladek (University of Nebraska, Kearney), “Putting HEL into Interdisciplinary Dialogue: A Case Study of ‘Literacy’”

12:00               Matthew Lynch (Indiana University, Bloomington), “The Sources of Richard Verstegan’s Old English Glossary in Restitution of Decayed Intelligence

DSNA Business Meeting

Chair:              Steve Kleinedler (President, DSNA)

Room:             Walnut


SHEL Business Meeting

Chair:              Michael Adams (Indiana University, Bloomington)

Room:             Maple


Globalex Workshop on Lexicography and Neologism (pre-conference)

Organized and led by Ilan Kernerman (K Dictionaries) and Annette Klosa-Kückelhaus (Leibniz Institute for German Language/University of Mannheim) in the Sassafras Room

Ieda Maria Alves (University of São Paolo, Brazil), “Can a university project dedicated to the search for neologisms be useful to lexicographers?”

Gilles-Maurice de Schryver (Ghent University, Belgium) and Jutta De Nul (University of Pretoria, South Africa), “Linguistics terminology and neologisms in Swahili: Rules vs. practice”

Judit Freixa (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain) and Sergi Torner (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain),“Beyond frequency: On the dictionarisation of new words in Spanish”

Kathrin Kunkel-Razum (Bibliographisches Institut GmbH, Germany), “New words for the Duden

Margit Langemets (Institute of the Estonian Language, Estonia) and Jelena Kallas (Institute of the Estonian Language, Estonia), “New Estonian words and senses: Detection and description”

Katherine Connor Martin (Oxford University Press, USA), “A system for evaluating multiple data inputs to prioritize neologisms for inclusion in dictionaries”

Erin McKean (Wordnik, USA), “Using the Hypothes.is web annotation tool for neologism collection”

Kilim Nam (Kyungpook National University, Korea), Sujin Lee (Kyungpook National University, Korea), and Hae-Yun Jung (Kyungpook National University, Korea), “The Korean Neologism Investigation Project: Current status and key issues”

Teruaki Oka (Corpus Development Center, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, Japan), “New words in Japanese and the design of UniDic electronic dictionary”

Noga Porath (Melingo Ltd, Israel), “Adding neologisms to the Hebrew online dictionary Rav-Milim

Hindrik Sijens (Fryske Akademy, Netherlands) and Hans Van de Velde (Fryske Akademy, Netherlands), “The formation of neologisms in a lesser used language: The case of Frisian”

Lars Trap-Jensen (Society for Danish Language and Literature, Denmark), “Anglicisms and language-internal neologisms: Dealing with new words and expressions in The Danish Dictionary

Anna Vacalopoulou (Institute for Language and Speech Processing/Athena R.C., Greece), “Exploring criteria for the inclusion of trademarks in general language dictionaries of Modern Greek”

Vivien Waszink (Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal, Netherlands), “Neologisms in a Dutch online portal”

Seminar on Descriptive and Prescriptive Approaches in Lexicography

Organized and led by Edward Finegan (University of Southern California)

Don Chapman (Brigham Young University), “(Big) data and grammar: Competing authorities?”

Giovanni Iamartino (University of Milan) and Giuseppi Polimeni (University of Milan), “Usage and its discontents in present-day Italian and Italian–English lexicography”

M. Lynne Murphy (University of Sussex), “Defining your p’s and q’s: Politeness, prescriptivism, and polysemy”

Pádraig Ó Mianáin (The New English–Irish Dictionary), “Whose language is it anyway?”

Geoffrey Nunberg (University of California, Berkeley), “When words matter, or where are dictionaries when you need them?”

Jason Siegel (The University of the West Indies), “Creating regional norms: Richard & Jeannette Allsopp’s mission for Caribbean lexicography”

Panel on Dictionary Front Matter (special write-up)

At DSNA 2019, a panel on dictionary front matter was organized by Janet DeCesaris of Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona and Donna M. T. Cr. Farina of New Jersey City University. Entitled “Dictionary Front Matter: Across Languages, Across Cultures, Across Time,” the panel included four short papers followed by a discussion moderated by Peter Sokolowski of Merriam-Webster. The four papers are listed in order of presentation:

The Anointed Six: Front Matter in the Spanish Royal Academy Dictionaries, from the 18th to Our Century.  Janet DeCesaris, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona.

Language, Culture, and Standard Language: Front Matter in 20th-Century Soviet–Russian Dictionaries.  Donna M. T. Cr. Farina, New Jersey City University.

Disappearing Act: Front Matter in Electronic Versions of 20th-Century Italian Dictionaries. Carla Marello, University of Torino.

Focus on the User: Front Matter in Slovenian Dictionaries. Marjeta Vrbinc and Alenka Vrbinc, University of Ljubljana. 

A fifth paper, “Talk This Way: Orthoepy Dictionaries, ‘Fixing’ Accents, and Early Attempts at IPA,” by Rebecca Shapiro of New York City College of Technology, was not presented in Bloomington as Dr. Shapiro was unable to attend.

As can be seen from the titles, the panelists addressed dictionary front matter from several different viewpoints. One of the reasons front matter is so interesting is that it lends itself both to an historical perspective, covering several editions of the same dictionary, as well as to issues that are relevant to today’s dictionary users such as the explanation of the symbols and abbreviations used. The discussion following the paper presentations was lively, with numerous comments offered by the audience on the importance (or insignificance) of front matter. All five papers from the panel, along with an introduction to the topic and a summary of the discussion, are expected to appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Lexicography.

Janet DeCesaris and Donna M. T. Cr. Farina