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Life beyond Dictionaries

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«Life beyond Dictionaries»

Official website:

Location: Florence, Auditorium al Duomo, Italy (
Dates: September 12-14, 2013.
Working languages: English.

Keynote speakers:
• Mr. Paolo Del Bianco, President of the Romualdo Del Bianco® Foundation–Life Beyond Tourism®, Professor Emeritus of Ivanovo State University (Florence, Italy)
• Prof. Janet DeCesaris (Barcelona Pompeo Fabra University, Spain)
• Prof. Geoffrey Williams (Université de Bretagne-Sud, France)

Topics of the lectures to be announced in January 2013.

• Sessions
1. Cultural Tourism and Heritage Dictionaries
2. Cultural Aspects of Learner Lexicography
3. New Dictionaries Projects
• International students’ workshop A Dictionary without Boundaries: Florence in the Works of World Famous People. Project of a Dictionary for Guides and Tourists. Moderators: Prof. Dr. Olga Karpova and General Secretary of the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation®–Life Beyond Tourism® ( Mr. Simone Giometti
• Round-table discussions
• Poster sessions
• Video bridge with Ivanovo State University
• Book exhibition

Participation fee
Participants: 390 EURO to cover:
• opening at Palazzo Medici Riccardi,
• a conference kit for each participant,
• welcome reception at Auditorium al Duomo,
• 3 coffee breaks,
• discount cards for lunches,
• 2 days conference room at al Duomo,
• entrance to the Palazzo Medici Riccardi museum,
• support for accommodation through discounted hotels,
• organizing secretariat before and during the conference (support with visa, registration, payment, etc.).

Early bird reduced fee (registration before May 30, 2013): 330 Euro.
Accompanying persons: 330 EURO.

Several options of accommodation will be provided by promo Florence Events in Circular 2.

Additional fee is required for:
• closing dinner (60 EURO);
• post conference tour: Laurenziana Library + Accademia della Crusca.

Publication of the Conference Proceedings will be provided at the expenses of Ivanovo State University (Russia).

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Dicionários Que Não Existem: Tipologias Lexicográficas / Planning Non-Existent Dictionaries: Lexicographic Typologies

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Conference announcement

Planning Non-Existent Dictionaries: Lexicographic Typologies
Dicionários Que Não Existem: Tipologias Lexicográficas

Lisbon, 7-8 October 2013
Centro de Linguística – University of Lisbon

Lexicographers seek to multiply dictionaries on offer in order to include new languages or new vocabulary fields. At the same time, lexicographic critics challenge the feasibility of certain dictionaries, which fail to implement validated theoretical models. As far as language dictionaries are concerned, they often lack lexical documentation and description – more often, lexicographers try to meet users’ expectations, rather than provide for their needs.

The aim of the conference is the analysis of on-going lexicographic projects, or of those that are about to begin, to find answers to essential typological and linguistic issues, such as:
– What kind of typological/linguistic problems may compromise the development of lexicographic projects?
– How may dictionary typologies be adapted to different languages?
– How may new lexicographic projects profit from both the methods and/or the documentation work that was garnered by previous or unsuccessful projects?

Researchers are invited to submit proposals in any of the following domains:

1. Dictionary typologies
– Identification of dictionary types that have never been developed for a given language or lexical domain;
– Analysis of lexicographic models, particularly concerning linguistic and meta-linguistic issues, and the design or use of corpora.

2. On-going projects
– Description of problem-solving strategies, especially those that are related to corpora documentation, information technology and data presentation.

3. Historical lexicographic studies
– Analysis of dictionary projects that were never completed or that remained unpublished, focusing on their typological properties, on the relevance of compiled data and on their exploitation as sources for new reference works.

Important dates
Deadline for abstract submission: May 5, 2013
Notification of acceptance: June 7, 2013
Registration opening: June 10, 2013
Conference: September 3-4, 2012 – Faculdade de Letras, University of Lisbon

Scientific Committee
Alina Villalva (U. de Lisboa); Álvaro Iriarte (U. do Minho); Clotilde Murakawa (UNESP – São Paulo); Esperança Cardeira (U. de Lisboa); Filomena Gonçalves (U. de Évora); Ivo Castro (U. de Lisboa); João Dionísio (U. de Lisboa); João Paulo Silvestre (U. de Lisboa); Monica Lupetti (U. de Pisa); Roberta Cella (U. de Pisa); Telmo Verdelho (U. de Aveiro)

New: Patrick Hanks, Lexical Analysis

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In Lexical Analysis, Patrick Hanks offers a wide-ranging empirical investigation of word use and meaning in language. The book fills the need for a lexically based, corpus-driven theoretical approach that will help people understand how words go together in collocational patterns and constructions to make meanings. Such an approach is now possible, Hanks writes, because of the availability of new forms of evidence (corpora, the Internet) and the development of new methods of statistical analysis and inferencing.

Hanks offers a new theory of language, the Theory of Norms and Exploitations (TNE), which makes a systematic distinction between normal and abnormal usage—between rules for using words normally and rules for exploiting such norms in metaphor and other creative use of language. Using hundreds of carefully chosen citations from corpora and other texts, he shows how matching each use of a word against established contextual patterns plays a large part in determining the meaning of an utterance. His goal is to develop a coherent and practical lexically driven theory of language that takes into account the immense variability of everyday usage and that shows that this variability is rule governed rather than random. Such a theory will complement other theoretical approaches to language, including cognitive linguistics, construction grammar, generative lexicon theory, priming theory, and pattern grammar.


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OBELEXdict is a database which currently comprises 17,000 entries containing information on online dictionaries from all over the world.

The objective of OBELEXdict is to provide a research tool that enables users to find as many lexicographical resources as possible, organised according to content. Therefore, each entry includes a wide range of information on the respective dictionary, in particular the type, name and the language(s) of the dictionary.

In addition, search queries in OBELEXdict can be narrowed down according to which language families its languages belong to, whether auditory information is available in the dictionary, whether the dictionary offers some kind of diagrammatic access to the dictionary content, whether illustrations or videos are integrated into the dictionary or whether the dictionary offers onomasiological access to the dictionary content, e.g. access to topic areas/subject groups or onomasiological access via illustrations.

OBELEXdict was constructed alongside work on the dictionary portal OWID, with minimal staff, mostly in 2010/2011. We endeavour to attaina high quality of content, but we are always happy to receive comments and
suggestions that help us improve OBELEXdict.

XIII Simposio Internacional de Comunicación Social

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Queridos colegas:

El Centro de Lingüística Aplicada cordial bienvenida chos y el Comité Organizador del XIII Simposio Internacional de Comunicación Social les dan la más cordial bienvenida y los invitamos a participar en todos los momentos del presente programa con la seguridad de que quedarán satisfechos tanto de las propuestas científicas como de las actividades recreativas.

Con el deseo de que pasen la mejor estancia en nuestra ciudad,

Prof. Dra. Eloína Miyares Bermúdez
Secretaria Ejecutiva
Simposios Internacionales de Comunicación Social
Centro de Lingüística Aplicada
Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Medio Ambiente
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba /

End of print dictionaries at Macmillan

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Macmillan has announced that, from 2013, it will no longer be publishing dictionaries in book form. It will focus instead on its expanding range of digital resources. Michael Rundell, Editor-in-Chief of the Macmillan dictionary list, sees this as both inevitable and entirely positive. He regards the printed book as a very limiting medium, and increasingly out of step with the way people look for information in the second decade of the 21st century. While printed reference books are out of date as soon they go on sale, an online dictionary can be kept fully up to date. More than this, the digital medium allows dictionary publishers to provide valuable additional resources, like audio pronunciations, interactive games, and a thesaurus function. As well as all these, Macmillan has a crowd-sourced dictionary (the ‘Open Dictionary’) fed by users from all over the world, and an active blog with four or five new posts every week on language-related issues. Michael says he was struck by one of the findings reported at the recent Euralex Congress in Gilles-Maurice de Schryver’s plenary: his analysis of papers in the Euralex archive showed that the word ‘look up’ had declined in frequency and been overtaken by ‘search’. This is the world that dictionaries belong to now. For more details, see the post on this subject in Macmillan’s blog.


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Seminar Announcement – Turin, 9-10 May 2013
Dipartimento di Lingue e Letterature Straniere e Culture Moderne

Go to Conference Website

The Seminar will focus on the lexis of the languages represented in the PRIN project (Italian, English, French and Spanish) and on aspects of variability, compositionality and creativity, which make lexis an area strongly affected by variation between norm and usage. In the title of the seminar the polysemous verb ‘to observe’ is used both in the sense of ‘analyse’ and ‘investigate’, on the one hand, and ‘respect’ (norm and usage), on the other. It will cover two thematic areas, explored from a synchronic perspective: lexis in dictionaries and lexis in the media. The distance between these two apparently separate poles does not exclude analyses which compare these two ‘loci’ where lexis comes to life and regenerates.

Guest speakers:
Henri Béjoint (Université Lyon)
Henrik Gottlieb (Københavns Universitet)
Carla Marello (Università di Torino)

Thematic areas:

● Lexis in dictionaries:

1. Corpus-based dictionaries: norm based on usage?
2. Comparing word-lists: inclusion, frequency, innovation, institutionalization
3. Norm-based, unconventional or deviant vocabulary
4. Phraseology: treatment and translation equivalents
5. General and specialized vocabulary
6. Culture, ideology and stereotypes in dictionaries

● Lexis in the media (audio-visuals)

1. Lexical creativity in audio-visual products
2. Audio-visual translation
3. Representation of geographical and social variation in audio-visual products
4. Language, culture and register in audio-visuals
5. Linguistic innovation and normalization in subtitling and dubbing

300 word abstracts in any of the Seminar languages (Italian, English, French, Spanish) should be e-mailed to Virginia Pulcini and to Stefania Nuccorini by November 15th
Acceptance notification by December 30th

Scientific Committee: Virginia Pulcini, Stefania Nuccorini, Nadia Minerva, Félix San Vicente, Giovanni Iamartino, Roberta Facchinetti

Paul Bogaards

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The Executive Board of EURALEX is deeply saddened to announce the passing of our good friend and dedicated colleague, Paul Bogaards, at his home in the Netherlands on October 3, 2012. Paul was editor of the International Journal of Lexicography from 2002 to 2012 and an ex-officio member of the EURALEX Executive Board during that time. Paul’s contributions to EURALEX were many, and he continued to work on IJL right up until his illness prevented him from doing so. Paul will be sorely missed by the EURALEX community, and we take this opportunity to extend our deepest sympathy to his widow Ingrid and to the rest of his family.

An obituary for Paul will appear in the next issue of the EURALEX Newsletter, and we are working with Oxford University Press to set up a memoriam on the IJL webpage. Further information will be posted here. In the interim, Anne Dykstra will be Acting Editor of the journal.

Janet DeCesaris, President, EURALEX (2012-2014), for the Executive Board