SHEL 11 at Indiana University

May 8–11, 2019

SHEL returns to Bloomington, Indiana, and the campus of Indiana University for its 11th Biennial Meeting, May 8–11, 2019, and so does the Dictionary Society of North America (DSNA), with which SHEL collaborated in Vancouver in 2015.

The SHEL plenary lectures will be given by Daniel Donoghue (Harvard University), Peter Grund (University of Kansas), and Carol Percy (University of Toronto). As always, there will be a pedagogy session, but this year arranged by the chairs of the session, rather than by open submission.

Abstracts for regular sessions (20-minute papers) should be sent to adamsmp@indiana.edu by November 30, 2018. Participants will be notified of acceptance and a preliminary program posted on the yet-to-be-constructed conference site by the December holidays. We should have the site up and running in mid-summer and will advertise its URL when the site is available.

The conference will convene with a reception (perhaps after an opening session) on Wednesday evening, May 8. Plenary and concurrent sessions for DSNA and SHEL will be scheduled throughout Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning, with SHEL and DSNA business meetings scheduled on Saturday after lunch.

The conference will include several special features and events. For instance, the Lilly Library plans to mount an exhibit of dictionary and English language materials and will host a reception for us in the library to open the exhibit. To help celebrate Indiana University’s Bicentennial, we’ll dwell some, in various ways, on the university’s place in the history and current practice of lexicography. It’s likely that anyone interested can make a pre-conference excursion to the Cordell Collection of Dictionaries at nearby Indiana State University on Wednesday — if you don’t know about this collection, you’ll be surprised to learn that it’s probably the largest collection of dictionaries and includes many remarkable items, though not all in English.

Bloomington in May is warm and dry. The city (with a population of roughly 85,000) is easy to navigate and walkable, and for the most part wheelchair accessible. Once most students have left for the summer, it’s relatively quiet and all amenities are available to visitors — excellent restaurants and bars, other evening entertainment (a comedy club, for instance), museums, cafés, etc. Participants are welcome to make their own arrangements, but a block of rooms will be reserved in the Biddle Hotel — inside the Indiana Memorial Union, where regular sessions and nearly all conference events will be held. Rooms will also be available in a student residence hall, just ten minutes away from the Union, for those who need to minimize expense. We will provide a walk-by or stand/sit-and-mingle breakfast in some Union space before each morning’s first session. Indeed, between breakfast, snacks at breaks, and receptions, anyone on a tight budget might eat well free of expense.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions and rest assured that we will welcome you warmly when you arrive in Bloomington and provide the best conference possible.

Michael Adams

CALL FOR PAPERS, DSNA 22

DSNA returns to Bloomington, Indiana, and the campus of Indiana University, for its 22nd Biennial Meeting, May 8–11, 2019, and so does Studies in the History of the English Language (SHEL), with which DSNA 20 collaborated in Vancouver in 2015.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words for 20-minute papers about any aspect of lexicography or lexicology should be sent to adamsmp@indiana.edu by October 31, 2018. Participants will be notified of acceptance and a preliminary program posted on the conference website by the December holidays. We should have the site up and running by the end of July. NB: Although DSNA is meeting with SHEL, DSNA papers will be reviewed separately from the SHEL papers and may be about lexicography or lexicology in any language, not just English.

Please direct all questions to the conference organizer, Michael Adams, at adamsmp@indiana.edu.