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Australasian Association for Lexicography


AUSTRALEX was founded in 1990, as a companion association to EURALEX. It is committed to the development of lexicography in all languages of the Australasian region.

AUSTRALEX's interests include:

  • dictionaries of all kinds (monolingual, bilingual, and multilingual, general and specialist, in book and online)
  • the theory of lexicography
  • the history of lexicography
  • the practice of dictionary-making
  • dictionary use
  • terminology and terminography
  • corpus lexicography
  • computational lexicography and dictionaries for natural language processing
  • lexicology.

Details on AUSTRALEX's fundamental principles and governance can be read in the constitution.

The AUSTRALEX membership consists mainly of people from Australia and New Zealand, but it also has members in Japan, Zambia and the UK. It includes career lexicographers, students of lexicography and researchers into dictionaries, publishers, teachers, and people who just like dictionaries. Anyone interested in becoming a member can apply here.

AUSTRALEX is governed by a committee of 10 members, who are elected every two years. The current President is Dr Julia Miller, Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Adelaide, and the current Vice-President is Dr Michael Walsh, Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

The association holds regular meetings, where papers are presented on a large variety of topics relevant to its members' interests.

Latest Announcements 

Recovering Voices Initiative

Survey of language revitalisation programs

Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History

See the English version of the survey, or website for further information.

AustraLex Conference 2017

Intersections between oral narratives, traditions, lexicography and new media

28 & 29 August 2017

University of the South Pacific, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Student bursaries: up to two bursaries are available to assist students from Australia and New Zealand to attend the conference and present a paper.

Registration is now open. Please contact the Treasurer, Dr Amanda Laugesen, for details.

For more information, contact the President, Dr Julia Miller.

ASIALEX 2017 Conference

Lexicography in Asia: Challenges, Innovations and Prospects

10–12 June 2017
Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China

See website for more information.

TOTh 2017 Conference

Terminology & Ontology: Theories and Applications

France, 8 & 9 June 2017

See website for more information.

Lexicography and L2 Teaching and Learning

China, early Nov 2017

Call for papers: closes 10 July 2017

See website for more information.


Workshop on Lexicographic Resources for Human Language Technology

Report from May 2016 meeting

See proceedings, or website for more information.

eLex Conference 2017

Electronic lexicography in the 21st century: Lexicography from Scratch

Netherlands, 19-21 Sep 2017

Further information on website.

GLOBALEX 2016 Report: Workshop on Lexicographic Resources for Human Language Technology

See proceedings or website for more information.

Endangered Words, Signs of Revival

Ghil'ad Zuckermann, Julia Miller & Jasmin Morley (eds), 2014, AustraLex, ISBN 978-0-646-92900-2  now available.


The University of Adelaide
Adelaide  South Australia  5005

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4th Floor, 230 North Terrace
Adelaide, South Australia


T: 0423 901 808

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