Thursday, June 14, 2007

And The Morning and the Evening were the first day.

Despite some bad weather on the east coast delaying more than a few flights, plenty of DSNA conference attendees were in Hyde Park on Wednesday to register, to take in the sights, and to attend the opening reception at the Oriental Institute.

Quite a few attendees also toured the nearby Robie House. Even the board meeting broke up in time for the board to go on the tour, as well.

Many thanks, already, to our incredibly efficient, friendly, and knowledgeable first-day volunteers, Rozenn, Kathleen, Jane, and Diana, and to the Oriental Institute for having us as their guests!

[Picture of a lamassu, above, in the Oriental Institute, from Princes Milady's Flickr stream.]

Also, if anyone is blogging this conference (besides me), if you can use the tag "dsna2007" for your posts and images, we'll be able to find them all later for the newsletter, etc.


Monday, June 11, 2007

The Banquet

The DSNA banquet will be held Saturday night; there are some conflicting times on various schedules (which is completely MY FAULT), but the final time is the reception beginning at 6, dinner at 7.

The silent auction will take place during the reception. So get your bids in fast!

The Quadrangle Club, the site of our banquet, is at 1155 E. 57th Street Chicago, IL 60637. We have a VERY FEW banquet tickets left; please email me if you would like one.

The menu is either roast loin of pork, baked fish, or a vegetarian option. There will be a card in your registration packet for you to indicate your choice. There will be a cash bar during the reception, but wine will be included with dinner.

[picture is inside of Quad Club; from the labrat's photostream.]


Robie House Tour

We have at least ten spaces left for the Robie House tour, so email me if you can make it!

Details: 3:45 at Robie House, corner of 58th St. and Woodlawn.

It'll last about an hour, leaving you plenty of time to check out the nearby Seminary Co-op Bookstore before the reception.


For those staying at the Ramada: a good-morning shuttle

Because the hotel is such a distance from the Oriental Institute, we've arranged for a shuttle to pick up attendees at the hotel each morning at 8 a.m. (so you can be in plenty of time for the first session and get a cup of coffee).

This service will be in place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning. Look for the Omega Shuttle van out front.

Return service is not provided, although the hotel offers a shuttle service, picking up at 58th and Ellis Avenue, at 1:10, 3:10, and 5:10 p.m.

A taxi between the Ramada and the OI should be $6-7, plus tip.

Here is one link to walking directions (and here's another); it's about two miles and about 40 minutes to walk from the Ramada to the Oriental Institute. The first link gives directions to walk along the lakefront; walking through Hyde Park is quicker, and it's clear from the second map what route to take.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Getting to Hyde Park (the Dorms & the Ramada)

Probably the best way to get to Hyde Park from either airport is the Omega Shuttle. Omega shuttle fares are $17 from Midway, and $30 from O'Hare (a cab from O'Hare will be >$50, Midway >$20). There is a discount for two or more passengers to the same stop, but you should ask for it.

Here is the O'Hare schedule and boarding locations; this is the Midway schedule.

Omega Shuttle drops off in front of the Quadrangle Club, which is one block from the Max Palevsky dorm (walk west 1/2 block, then turn right immediately before the library (huge structure of concrete, can't miss it), and walk alongside the library. You'll pass a large purple entrance to the dorm, but please go to 56th Street to go in the main entrance, bright yellow with a big ramp (again ... missing it not easy). Check-in will be there.

The Omega shuttle will also stop at the Ramada.

NOTE: if you are returning to Midway from Hyde Park, you should call Omega (773-734-6688) 24 hours in advance to reserve your return trip.

You *can* take public transport from either airport to Hyde Park (it's easier from Midway). Use this trip planner to do so. Note: it will take a loooong time (several hours) to get to Hyde Park from O'Hare via CTA.

The address of Max Palevsky (if you're taking a cab) is 1101 East 56th Street Chicago, IL 60637.

The address of the Ramada Lake Shore is 4900 S Lakeshore Drive Chicago, IL, 60615.


Wednesday, June 06, 2007

The Silent Auction!

auction books

This year, thanks to the generosity of ScottForesman, we have a long list of great reference books to auction at the banquet Saturday night.

Here's the preliminary list:

The American Dictionary and Cyclopedia (1899)
Oxford Latin Dictionary (in fascicles) I-VIII
Oxford Latin Dictionary (in fascicles) I-II
A Dictionary of Americanisms 2 volumes
DARE vol 1 w/DJ
DARE vol 2 w/DJ
Listening To America w/DJ
Readings in Linguistics
An American Glossary (3 vol incl supplement)
Portraits of Linguists (2 vol)
Scots Dictionary
MED Part 0.1 fascicle
Revised Medieval Latin Word-List
MED in bound volumes through M.3, in fascicles from M.4
Jamaica Talk
Dictionary of Jamaica English
The Scottish National Dictionary (10 volumes)
Lexical Borrowing in the Romance Languages (2 vols)
English Dialect Dictionary (6 vols)
A Modern English Grammar (7 vols)
Century Dictionary (10 volumes)
The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology
Indogermanisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch (2 vols)
A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (2 vol)
Oxford English Dictionary 2nd ed
Oxford English Dictionary 2nd ed (yep, two full sets!)
Greek-English Lexicon
Greek-English Lexicon Supplement
A Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary (4 vol)
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
A Latin Dictionary
Funk and Wagnalls New Standard Dictionary of the English Language (1 vol)
A Dictionary of American English (4 vol)
The Universal Dictionary of the English Language
The New Century Dictionary (2 vol)
The New Century Dictionary (2 vol)
Vocabulary Change
The Stanford Dictionary of Anglicised Words and Phrases
A Concise Etymological Dictionary of Modern English
English Dialects
M-W 2nd International
Dictionary of Canadianisms
March's Thesaurus-Dictionary
IJL 3 (3); 7; 8; 9; 10 (1,2,4), 11 (2,3) 12 (3.4), 13 (2, 3)
Barnhart Dictionary Companion 1(4), 2, 3, 4, 5, 11, 12 (1,2,3)
Barnhart New Words Concordance
Names 15/2, 16/2, 17/1-2

Initial bids have not yet been set, but expect them to be CHEAP. We will have Fedex forms available so that you can arrange for shipping of your books home to you, or we can invoice you for book-rate USPS shipping, if you prefer.

We will only be exhibiting one volume each of the multivolume sets. All the sets are ex-lib (DICTIONARY DEPARTMENT marking on spines) but in good condition (The American Dictionary and Cyclopedia being an exception -- it's missing covers and is in sad disrepair).

If you have questions about individual volumes, please leave them in the comments, or email. I'll answer as soon as I can.

If you cannot attend the banquet but wish to bid, find yourself a proxy.

All proceeds will benefit the DSNA.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Updated Schedule!

Is here, as a PDF.

Wednesday June 13

3:45-5:15 Robie House Tour
5757 S. Woodlawn
[Please note: we only have space for 30 people on the Robie House Tour, so if you are interested email asap.]
7:00-9:00 Opening Reception
The Oriental Institute, 1155 East 58th Street

Thursday June 14
Breasted Hall, The Oriental Institute, 1155 East 58th Street

8:30 Anatoly Liberman
My Half-Life in Lexicography
8:55 Frank Abate
The Marketing and Merchandising of Reference Products in the USA and the Rest of the World
9:20 Don R. McCreary
The Microstructure of an American College Desk Dictionary and its Effect on the Comprehension of “Hard Words” by American College Students.
9:45 Muffy Siegel
What Do You Do with a Dictionary? A Study of Undergraduate Dictionary Use
10:10 Johnny Carrera
Webster’s Dictionary as Visual Reference

10:35-11:00 BREAK

11:05 Joseph Pickett
Considered and Regarded: Indicators of Belief and Doubt in Dictionary Definitions
11:30 Ari Kernerman
Some Suggestions for Improving Learners’ Dictionaries
11:55 Orin Hargraves
Americanization and its Mal-contents

12:30-2:00 LUNCH


2:45 Gerald Cohen
Origin of NYC’s Nickname The Big Apple; Latest Research on This Topic.
3:10 Anne Dykstra
Buter, bréad ind griene tsjiis Is goed Ingelsk ind goed Friisk
3:40 Lise Winer
Disentangling Etymology and Deciding on Orthography in the Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad & Tobago
4:05 Shlomo Argamon et al.
Building A Lexicon for Sentiment Analysis by Automatically Analyzing Dictionary Glosses

4:30-5:00 BREAK

5:00 Sarah Ogilvie
World English and the OED Supplements: the mysterious case of the vanishing tramlines
5:25 Peter Gilliver
Early American connections with the Oxford English Dictionary, 1859–1884
5:50 Charlotte Brewer
Writers and the Dictionary: Auden and the OED

6:30-8:00 Michael Adams
Special Tour of the Dictionaries Exhibit, Regenstein LibrarySpecial Collections, 1100 East 57th Street

Friday June 15
Breasted Hall, The Oriental Institute, 1155 East 58th Street

8:30 Connie Eble
Louisiana creole: an evolving ethnic label
8:55 Stefan Dollinger and Laurel J. Brinton
Revising the Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles in the information age: Some insights from the letter “G”
9:20 Dianne Bardsley
Hermits, Hokonuis, and Huntaways: the distinctive rural New Zealand English lexicon.
9:45 Dan Cristea
Digitization of the thesaurus lexicon of the Romanian language
10:10 Arregi X., Arriola J.M., et al
Semiautomatic Construction of the Electronic Euskal Hiztegia Basque Dictionary (eEHBD)

10:35-11:00 BREAK
11:05 Orion Montoya
Care and Feeding of a Corpus
11:30 Benjamin Zimmer
Charting the Digital Future of Dictionary Research: Prospects for Online Collaborative Lexicography
11:55 Wayne Glowka
The American Dialect Society’s Words of the Year as a Lexicographical Challenge

12:30-2:00 LUNCH

David McCarter
The Body of Jesus and the Mind of Christ: Physiology, Psychology, and Christology in Scott’s Revision of Bailey’s DICTIONARY (1755)

Linda Mitchell
Creating Ethos in Early Modern British Dictionaries

Mira Podhajecka
Edmund Bohun’s Geographical Dictionary (1688): A Study in the 17th Century Geographical Discourse

Monique Cormier
Usage Labels in the Royal Dictionary (1699) by Abel Boyer

Rod McConchie
The simple pleasure of turning pages: The Cordell collection as a research tool

4:20-4:50 BREAK

4:50 August Imholtz
The Mushri-English Pronouncing Dictionary--Some Further ?aughts
5:15 Janet Decesaris
Dictionaries and Phraseology
5:40 Raphael Salkie
Assessing lexicographic relevance: a case study with a translation corpus
6:05 Marco Fiola
Usage Labels for Gender-Linked Language Usage in English and French

Saturday June 16
Breasted Hall, The Oriental Institute, 1155 East 58th Street

8:30 Elizabeth Knowles
‘Spicing them up with learning and Latin’: changing uses for a dictionary of quotations
8:55 Michael Hancher
Imagining the Dictionary: Evidence from Early English Books Online
9:20 Donna Farina
Russian-English and English-Russian Lexicography in the Nineteenth Century
9:45 Ronald R. Butters
“Life’s Good” Trademark Litigation and Lexicography
10:10 Jesse Sheidlower
The Quotation Paragraph in Historical Lexicography

10:35-11:05 BREAK

11:05-11:55 Online Dictionaries Panel
Deborah Anderson et al.
Online Dictionaries for Historic and Lesser Known Languages: An Update

11:55 Paul Fallon
Designing a Lexical Database for the Blin Language

12:30-2:00 LUNCH

2:00 Julie Coleman
Wentworth and Flexner: An American Institution
2:25 Jonathon Green
Dating a Slang Dictionary: ‘Historical principles’ in a hi-tech world
2:50 Gary Simes
Sexual Lexicography
3:15 Lisa Berglund
The Parrys’ Dictionary: A Bibliographical Case Study for the Classroom

3:40 Salena Sampson
The History of the Genitive its: Examining the Role of Syntactic Information in Diachronic Dictionaries

4:05-4:30 BREAK

4:30 to 5:45
New Word Open Mic


Monday, May 21, 2007

Raffle! Win a Dictionary Stand!

Through the generosity of Levenger, we're having a raffle at the DSNA meeting. The winner will get one of these beauties: the Franklin Library Book Stand, which, frankly (and Franklin-y), anyone who is coming to a Dictionary Society meeting will covet with all the covetousness they can muster.

Here's what it looks like:

Proceeds from the raffle ($5/ticket, available at the conference) will go to support (what else?) the DSNA. And don't worry, you won't have to cart the stand home from Chicago; Levenger will ship it to you!

And while you're clicky-clicking on the links above, you probably want to check out these other fine Levenger products (not being donated, but which are On Sale):

The Oxford Bookcase (which can hold all 20 volumes of the OED), and the Harlequin Bookstand (which, sadly, is not optimized to hold a year's worth of Harlequin romances, but instead is a lovely stand for a large dictionary or other reference book).

Many thanks to Levenger for their support of the Dictionary Society!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Getting Around in Chicago

You can take taxis anywhere in Chicago; from the airports or downtown to Hyde Park (where the university is located) it is easy to hail a cab. From Hyde Park to these destinations or elsewhere is less easy because there are fewer cabs on the streets – but you can call one to pick you up. The biggest company is Yellow Cab (phone 312 TAXICAB). If you are staying at a hotel, you can ask the front desk to get you a taxi. A taxi from O’Hare Airport to Hyde Park costs about $60; from Midway Airport to Hyde Park about $25-30; and from downtown to Hyde Park, about $25.

You can also use Chicago’s extensive public transportation system, called the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority), which consists of buses and trains. The CTA’s trip planner is at

and is a valuable resource for planning trips. When using the trip planner, use “Museum of Science and Industry” as your landmark origin/destination if you are staying in a hotel. Use “University of Chicago – main campus” if you are staying in the dorms.

The following CTA routes will be of interest to conference attendees:

Bus No. 55 and X55: Both run along 55th street. You can take either of these buses to/from Midway Airport and the conference, but be aware that this journey takes you through a neighborhood that may jangle your nerves. For shorter journeys, the 55 bus is a convenient way to get from the east side of Hyde Park, where the hotels are, to the main campus. The X55 makes fewer stops and is good for the airport but not good for travel within Hyde Park.

Bus No. 6: This is an express bus that runs between Hyde Park and downtown Chicago. It is the most economical way to get downtown.

Bus No. 10: This is an express bus that runs between the Museum of Science and Industry (in Hyde Park) and downtown Chicago. It is less frequent than the No. 6.

Blue Line: This is the elevated and underground train that runs between O’Hare Airport and downtown Chicago.

All CTA transportation is paid for with fare cards. These can be purchased and topped up at any CTA train station. The cost of a ride on a bus is $1.75, plus an additional 25 cents if your ride involves a transfer (to another bus). A train ride costs $2.00. You can pay with cash on buses only; the cash fare is $2.00 and you must have exact change. You can also purchase a 3 or 5 day visitor pass that will be good on all forms of CTA transportation.

The Metra Electric Line is not operated by the CTA. It runs relatively fast trains between Hyde Park and downtown. There are three stations in Hyde Park, near the hotels. See the link below for timetables. A one-way ride is $2.15. The downtown destination is Millennium Station.

Metra Schedule

[Thanks to DSNA member Orin Hargraves for this writeup ... Orin is the author of the guidebook Chicago At Your Door (sold abroad under the title Living and Working in Chicago), and available on Amazon and elsewhere ...]

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