Globalex Workshop on Lexicography and Neologism 2019

The Globalex Workshop on Lexicography and Neologism (GWLN 2019) was held in conjunction with DSNA 22, the 22nd biennial meeting of the Dictionary Society of North America, at Bloomington, Indiana, on May 8, 2019. It brought together 13 papers with regard to 12 languages from Africa, Asia, Europe and North America (two on English), highlighting issues related to the detection of neologisms – including new words, new meanings of existing words, and new multiword units – and their representation in lexicography and dictionaries, such as:

  • How to find neologisms (corpus analysis and editorial means of identification; evaluation of data, e.g. blogs and chats)
  • How to interoperate lexicographic datasets with online resources and incorporate neologisms into the digital dictionary (the media, formatting, labeling, etc.)
  • How to deal with grammatical/orthographic/pronunciation variation (descriptive vs. prescriptive) How to explain meaning with/without encyclopedic information, and how to use illustrations and audio-visual media
  • How differently, if at all, should neologisms be treated in different dictionary types (e.g. in historical comprehensive ones as opposed to those focusing on current usage; in monolingual vs. bilingual dictionaries; in special domain dictionaries)
  • How to deal with neologisms that are no longer new and those no longer used
  • How can dictionary users help with finding and informing about neologisms

The GWLN 2019 program is available here.

All the presentation slides are available here.

The proceedings of GWLN 2019 will be published in 2020 as a special issue of Dictionaries. Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America, guest edited by the workshop organizers Annette Klosa-Kückelhaus (Leibniz Institute of the German Language) and Ilan Kernerman (K Dictionaries). The abstracts will be published in Kernerman Dictionary News, July 2019.

The photos were all taken by Gilles-Maurice de Schryver, except those noted by Ilan Kernerman and Margit Langemets.