LINGUIST List 31.2679

Fri Aug 28 2020

Calls: Lexicography, Semantics/USA

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 27-Aug-2020
From: Orin Hargraves <>
Subject: 23rd Biennial Conference of the Dictionary Society of North America
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Full Title: 23rd Biennial Conference of the Dictionary Society of North America
Short Title: DSNA 23

Date: 02-Jun-2021 - 05-Jun-2021
Location: University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Contact Person: Orin Hargraves
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Lexicography; Semantics

Call Deadline: 16-Oct-2020

Meeting Description:

The 2021 DSNA conference will be held at the University of Colorado, Boulder, or CU as the locals call it. The conference host is lexicographer Orin Hargraves, long-time DSNA member and past president; our faculty sponsor is Laura Michaelis-Cummings,Chair of Linguistics at CU.

The Dictionary Society of North America has held biennial meetings since 1977. Bringing together scholars of lexicography and professional lexicographers, the conference is an important event for anyone interested in modern dictionary research and practices. Speakers must be DSNA members; nonmembers should apply for membership when they receive their acceptance to speak.

Call for Papers:

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

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.

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 Sunday, 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.

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