7–8 June 2023

Holiday Inn Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Theme: “Contact and English Lexis and Dictionaries”

Please note! This conference is now only virtual because of circumstances beyond our control.

The seventh International Symposium on the History of English Lexicography and Lexicology (HEL-LEX 7) will take place on 7–8 June 2023 in Jamaica, 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.


The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica. Please note that Holiday Inn Resort, Montego Bay is an all-inclusive hotel so all meals are included in the prices.

Room Type Single Double Triple
Standard Garden View $223 $223
Superior/Ocean View $240 $240
Deluxe/Ocean Front $269 $269
Junior Suite $312 $312 $387

Additional fees: US$4 per night room tax for each room.
Bedding type: All room categories come with either two double beds or a king bed.
Rollaway beds are provided at no additional charge, based on request and availability.
Additional Information: Rooms accommodate a maximum of four persons. One child 11 and under is free when sharing room with an adult. There is a charge of US$50 nightly for the second child.

Conference Fees

All fees (both registration and accommodation) should be paid directly to the conference organisers who will make arrangements on behalf of conference attendees.

HSHL Members
Early bird registration (Regular) USD150
Early bird registration (Student) USD75
Late registration (Regular) USD250
Late registration (Student) USD125
Early bird registration (Non-student) USD200
Early bird registration (Student) USD100
Late registration (Non-student) USD250
Late registration (Student) USD125


Papers will be presented on the 7th and the 8th of June so you should make arrangements to arrive by 6 June 2023 and leave on 9 June 2023. The conference hotel is in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The closest international airport is the Donald Sangster International Airport. If you arrive at the Normal Manley International Airport, you will need to factor in another two and half hours to get to the conference hotel by bus.

Information on registration, local arrangements and conference fees will soon be available at https://blogs.helsinki.fi/hellex-society.