8th International Conference on Historical Lexicography and Lexicology

July 12 - 15, 2016

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Welcome to the website of the 8th International Conference on Historical Lexicography and Lexicology! The conference is next in a series of excellent conferences that began in Leicester, United Kingdom (2002), and has proceeded thence to Gargnano del Gardo, Italy (2004), Leiden, The Netherlands (2006), Edmonton, Canada (2008), Oxford, UK (2010), Jena, Germany (2012), Gran Canaria, Spain (2014), and now Bloomington, USA, home of Indiana University, 12-15 July 2016. The conference program provisionally includes over 30 papers on a wide variety of lexicographical and lexicology topics, contributed by scholars from the United States, China, Croatia, Denmark, France, Italy, Japan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sharjah, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Plenary lectures will focus on issues of chronology in the historical study of words: Fred R. Shapiro (Yale University) will talk about dates and dating, Anne Curzan (University of Michigan) about periods and periodizing, Mirosława Podhajecka (Opole University), about theories of history underlying lexicographical and lexicological thinking, and Sarah Ogilvie (Stanford University) about chronology and historical lexicography in the digital age.

Indiana University is just over an hour away from Indiana State University, which historians of lexicography know is home to the Warren N. and Suzanne B. Cordell Collection of Dictionaries. The Cunningham Library’s Department of Special Collections has invited the conference to visit for a day: on Thursday, we will relocate to Terre Haute by bus, hold sessions at the library, and enjoy lunch and an end-of-day reception as gifts from Indiana State University, after which we will return to Bloomington for an evening of leisure, followed by another robust day of papers and plenary talks.

The conference would not be possible — at least, not at a reasonable cost to participants — without generous support from the sponsors listed here:


College Arts and Humanities Institute, College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University at Bloomington


The Warren N. & Suzanne B. Cordell Collection

Indiana State University

Office of the President, Indiana State University


Merriam-Webster, Inc.

Indiana University

Department of English Language and Literature, Indiana University at Bloomington

Duke University Press

Duke University Press

University of Toronto Press

University of Toronto Press

Lexicons of Early Modern English

Lexicons of Early Modern English

Thanks to all of these organizations for their support and to all of the participants presenting papers for their commitment to historical lexicography and lexicology, and to ICHLL.

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