Eric Baković has noted the happy confluence of the annual meetings of the Linguistic Society of America and the Modern Language Association, both scheduled for January 3-6, 2013 at sites within reasonable walking distance of each other in Boston. (The LSA will be at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, and the MLA at the Hynes Convention Center and the Sheraton Boston.) Eric has plugged the joint organized session on open access for which he will be a panelist, so allow me to do the same for another panel with MLA/LSA crossover appeal. The MLA's Discussion Group on Lexicography has held a special panel for several years now, but many lexicographers and fellow travelers in linguistics have been unable to attend because of the conflict with the LSA and the concurrent meeting of the American Dialect Society. This time around, with the selected topic of "Digital Dictionaries," the whole MLA/LSA/ADS crowd can join in.
MLA Session 562: "Digital Dictionaries"
Program arranged by the Discussion Group on Lexicography
Saturday, January 5; 1:45–3:00 p.m., Public Garden, Sheraton Boston
Presiding: Michael Hancher, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities
1. “Dictionaries in Electronic Form: The Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Experience," David Jost, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
2. “What We've Learned about Dictionary Use Online," Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster
3. “Lexicography 2.0: Reimagining Dictionaries and Thesauri for the Digital Age," Ben Zimmer, Visual Thesaurus/Vocabulary.com
Respondent: Lisa Berglund, State Univ. of New York, Buffalo State Coll.
Abstracts for the three presentations can be found on Michael Hancher's site here (PDF).