LINGUIST List 27.1933

Wed Apr 27 2016

Calls: Lexicography/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 11-Apr-2016
From: Olga Timofeeva <>
Subject: 5th International Symposium on History of English Lexicography and Lexicology
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Full Title: 5th International Symposium on History of English Lexicography and Lexicology
Short Title: HEL-LEX5

Date: 16-Feb-2017 - 18-Feb-2017
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Contact Person: Olga Timofeeva
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Lexicography

Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2016

Meeting Description:

The fifth international symposium on History of English Lexicography and Lexicology (HEL-LEX5) will be held at the University of Zurich from 16 to 18 February 2017.

As with earlier conferences in this series we seek to bring together the expertise of scholars and professional dictionary makers. This time, to mark the 200th anniversary of Pierre Larousse and to celebrate other intellectuals who, like Samuel Johnson, Noah Webster, the Brothers Grimm, Niccolò Tommaseo, or Émile Littré, combined lexicography, philology, editing, publishing, writing poetry, essays or novels, and literary criticism in their prolific careers, we invite interested scholars to submit papers that explore the intersections of these fields of knowledge and labour.

Plenary Speakers:

''The whole heart-rending history in a single retrospective glance'': James Henry’s words and Virgil’s words
Prof. Christopher Ricks, Boston University

''The proper History of such Art'': Ephraim Chambers and James Keir on dictionaries
Dr. Roderick McConchie, independent scholar

Romantic lexicography
Prof. John Considine, University of Alberta

Exploring Lexicography, Dictionaries, and Dictionary Publishing as Cultural Heritage and Cultural Memory
Dr. Amanda Laugesen, Australian National University, Australian National Dictionary Centre

Dr. Marc Alexander, University of Glasgow, Historical Thesaurus of English

Venue: University of Zurich, central premises

Academic Sponsors:

English department, University of Zurich
Helsinki Society for Historical Lexicography

Call for Papers:

Papers on the following topics are particularly welcome:

- Lexicology and etymology
- Lexicography and dictionary making
- Historical lexical studies
- Encyclopaedic dictionaries
- Comparative studies of English and other national lexicographic traditions
- Poets and writers as encyclopaedists
- Poets and writers as generators of new lexis
- Lexicographers as poets and writers


The abstracts, to be submitted by 1 September 2016, should be about 300 words in length (excluding references). Notification of acceptance will be issued by 31 October 2016.

Abstracts should be submitted through the EasyAbs page:

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