Two books by Stefan Dollinger centered on the theme of pluricentricity (national perspectives on language variation) appeared in late 2019. The first, Creating Canadian English: the Professor, the Mountaineer, and a National Variety of English (Cambridge University Press, 2019) is lexicographic-historical in focus, as it details the development, implementation, and “invention” of Canadian English from the 1940s to the present. It is an archival study of long-forgotten linguists that may still be known in the lexicographical field: Walter S. Avis, Charles J. Lovell, and other members of the “Big Six”. Geared towards the general interest reader, the book is a mixed-genre account of the making of Canadian English. Frontmatter & Chapter 1: https://www.academia.edu/35184221/. The second book, The Pluricentricity Debate: On Austrian German and Other Germanic Standard Varieties (Routledge, 2019) is focused on Austrian German, which is presented in contrastive perspective with other Germanic varieties – Flemish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Luxembourgish and, above all, English. This book critiques current practices in German dialectology, including lexicography, from epistemological, methodological, and practical perspectives. When can we say that a dialect is a national variety? What biases might names of languages carry? This book offers clear answers for the language practitioner, including any lexicographer aiming to write a dictionary of variety X. Frontmatter & Chapter 1: https://www.academia.edu/37714477/.
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Jo-Anne Ferreira won a competition to name a star and exoplanet. In the article she pays a huge compliment to Lise Winer when she says:
“I entered the competition because I love our language and our languages and Caribbean linguistics. I made sure to check Lise Winer’s dictionary for the etymologies and meanings. Everyone should have one at their desk.”
N. B. the following title by Linda C. Mitchell, “Travel Discourse in Eighteenth-Century British Dictionaries: Language of Discovery, Exploration, and Settlement,” in The Language of Discovery, Exploration and Settlement. Edited by Nicholas Brownlees. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2020. Linda is a professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA firstname.lastname@example.org