The 7th International Symposium on the History of English Lexicography and Lexicology (HEL-LEX 7)
“Contact and English Lexis and Dictionaries”
7-8 June 2023

We are just ONE week away from HEL-LEX 7 which is being hosted by the Jamaican Language Unit and the Richard and Jeannette Allsopp Centre for Caribbean Lexicography, which are research units of The University of the West Indies. The former is in Jamaica and the latter is in Barbados. The symposium will be held virtually as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. Regardless, we are looking forward to having a great time sharing our love of language and dictionaries on the 7th and 8th of June.

There is no registration fee for the symposium, so anyone can attend. If you have not already done so, please click on this link and register. You may also share the link with anyone you think may be interested in attending.
Registration Link

Click on the link below to see the draft programme. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1d3TMfFAjGODSVMKSfnmfZchZbMM5vWoNKcTTRI5Fhls/edit?usp=sharing

See you there!

The seventh International Symposium on the History of English Lexicography and Lexicology (HEL-LEX 7) will take place online on 7–8 June 2023, hosted by The University of the West Indies. The conference is being organised by the Jamaican Language Unit (JLU), and the Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy at The University of the West Indies, Mona (Jamaica), and the Richard and Jeannette Allsopp Centre for Caribbean Lexicography based at the The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill (Barbados), in association with the Helsinki Society for Historical Lexicography (HSHL).

We invite abstracts for papers that deal with how contact has changed the lexis of varieties of English around the globe, and how the opportunities and challenges presented by contact impact the lexicography of English. Contact should be understood broadly as applying to the contact between English and other languages, between different dialects and registers of English, between English and English-related Pidgins and Creoles, as well as contact/interaction between different dictionaries and ‘doculects’. Scholars should still feel free to submit abstracts on any topic related to the history of English lexicography, historical semantics and lexicology.

The following two scholars will deliver plenary lectures at the symposium.

Dr. Jeannette Allsopp, former Director of the Centre for Caribbean Lexicography, a significant contributor to the Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage, and editor of several specialised dictionaries.

Prof. Stefan Dollinger, Professor of English Language and Literatures at the University of British Columbia, and Chief Editor of the second edition of the Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles.

A collection of selected papers from the symposium will be published. Please note that a call for submissions will allow only about four months after the Symposium to revise and complete papers for publication.

The programme committee invites submissions of one-page abstracts that should be emailed as an attachment (docx, rtf, or PDF formats) to hellex77@gmail.com by Thursday, 5 January 2023. The abstract should not bear your name or affiliation and should be sent as an attachment to an email message in which you have the title of your paper, your full name, title, professional affiliation, address, phone number, and preferred email address.

All abstracts will be subject to peer review and notification of acceptance will be provided by Tuesday, 31 January 2023.