AustraLex 2019





Tues 3 - Wed 4 September 2019
Australian National University
Canberra, Australia

Registration/tickets essential via Eventbrite


Dictionaries are believed to be under threat, with the shift to digital format and the ongoing undermining of expertise by crowdsourced sites contributing to a perception that dictionaries are no longer needed. Dictionaries are undoubtedly changing and evolving in form and function, but they also remain critically important in providing reliable lexical information and for documenting language.

This year’s AustraLex, held during the International Year of Indigenous Languages, aims to highlight the ongoing importance and relevance of dictionaries, to explore the many ways in which lexical information continues to be important, and to celebrate the contribution of lexicography and dictionaries to society and culture.

Papers on the following themes are particularly encouraged:

  • The contribution of dictionaries to areas such as education
  • Dictionaries and the documentation of Indigenous and endangered languages
  • How dictionaries and lexicography are talked about in the public sphere
  • Public impacts of lexicography
  • The changing forms and functions of dictionaries

Other topics relevant to lexicography and its practice are also welcomed.

Keynote speaker: Professor Jakelin Troy, University of Sydney

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words plus references, plus a short biography, to by 15 March 2019. Abstracts may include up to 3 references. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by 1 April 2019.

Up to two student bursaries are available to assist full-time students from Australia and New Zealand to attend the conference and present a paper.

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