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Linguistics in the Pub: Dictionaries and why we still make them, 24 Feb

Outreach, University of Melbourne

Date: 11 February 2021

Linguistics in the Pub: Dictionaries and why we still make them

When: 24 Feb 2021, 6pm-8pm

Where: Function room, Naughton’s Parkville Hotel, Parkville VIC - NOTE: this is an in person event (not online)

Discussion led by: Ruth Singer (University of Melbourne)


More than anything else that linguists do, dictionaries represent a language, to both speakers of a language and the general public. Dictionaries have great symbolic weight and are also put to many practical uses. This dual value is common to both traditional print dictionaries and those that take digital form. While the final product has an accessible, tangible feel about it, the process of making dictionaries is lengthy and largely unknown. In this Linguistics in the Pub we bring together experienced dictionary makers and dictionary users to explore their experiences of making and using dictionaries with a range of communities. We will also discuss the enduring significance of print dictionaries as well as our dreams for future dictionaries and the forms they might take.

LIP is a gathering of language activists and linguists in Melbourne coordinated by a committee: Ruth Singer (Melbourne Uni), Andrew Tanner (RNLD), Lauren Gawne (LaTrobe Uni), Jill Vaughan (Melbourne Uni), Chloé Diskin (Melbourne Uni) and Jonathon Lum (Melbourne Uni).

  • Australian Government
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Western Sydney University