[Ads-l] MetroLex (NYC lexicography meetup), Sept. 29

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 27 16:14:31 UTC 2017

For those of you may want to attend our MetroLex meetup on Friday, Sept.
29, please be advised that due to a scheduling mixup, our room at Columbia
University (Hamilton 702) has been reserved for us starting at 4 pm rather
than 3 pm as previously announced.

If you can join us, please register using the Eventbrite link so we can
know how many will be attending.


MetroLex: Digitization And Its Discontents
> Fri, September 29, 2017
> 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
> Columbia University
> Hamilton Hall, Room 702
> New York, NY 10027
> The Dictionary Society of North America has partnered with local
> organizations in the New York City area to establish a series of meetups
> called MetroLex. MetroLex meetups bring together lexicographers, linguists,
> technologists, educators, and other language professionals to share
> research and projects relating to dictionary technology, dictionary use,
> language documentation, semantic ontologies, and lexicography.
> Once again MetroLex will be held at Columbia University, hosted by
> associate professor of English and comparative literature John H.
> McWhorter. The theme of this session focuses on the lexicographical
> challenges of the transition from print to digital, with a consideration of
> what is lost and gained in the process. John Morse, former president and
> publisher of Merriam-Webster, will look at the rich supporting information,
> or "metadata," found in a dictionary's traditional work galleys, much of
> which (like handwriting and date stamps) can be lost as publishers move to
> all-digital authoring systems. Angus Grieve-Smith, a corpus linguist, will
> consider what happened when lexicographers for France's equivalent of the
> Oxford English Dictionary, the Trésor de la Langue Française, first
> incorporated digitized texts but based their corpus on the authority of
> literary critics, providing an inadequate picture of the French language.
> The event is free and open to the public — you don't have to be a
> lexicographer to attend! More information on our speakers follows below.
> John Morse, "The Metadata of a Work Galley: A Guided Tour Through a
> Dictionary's Offline Information"
> John is the former President and Publisher of Merriam-Webster Inc.,
> holding those titles until his retirement last year. He joined
> Merriam-Webster in 1980. As Manager of Editorial Operations and Planning
> beginning in 1983, and as Executive Editor in 1991, he was responsible for
> all product-development operations. He became Publisher in 1996, widening
> his responsibilities to include all company operations, and was named
> President and Publisher in 1997. He was actively involved in the company's
> editorial process, including the creation of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate
> Dictionary, Eleventh Edition in 2003 and Merriam-Webster's Advanced
> Learner's English Dictionary, a dictionary for people learning English as a
> second or foreign language, in 2008. He is a strong advocate for
> cross-media development and has written and spoken widely about the
> evolution of reference books in print and online formats. He is a graduate
> of Haverford College and holds a Masters of Arts degree in English Language
> and Literature from the University of Chicago.
> Angus Grieve-Smith, "The Challenge of Representativeness in the 1971
> Trésor de la Langue Française Dictionary"
> Angus is a linguist and programmer. After teaching French and Linguistics
> at Hofstra University and Saint John’s University in New York and creating
> an early prototype sign language synthesis application at the University of
> New Mexico, he is currently developing teaching and learning tools for
> Columbia University. His research has covered the history of negation in
> French and fights over transgender terminology. He is currently compiling
> the Digital Parisian Stage Corpus, a representative corpus of
> nineteenth-century French theatrical texts, available on GitHub.
> The presentations will be followed by discussion and light refreshments
> provided by Oxford University Press.

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