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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 Amanda Laugesen, director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre, and the current Vice-President is Professor Tania Ka’ai, Professor and Director of Te Ipukarea, the National Māori Language Institute.

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

Further information about AUSTRALEX is available on its Facebook page. Join us there for announcements and discussions.

Latest Announcements

AustraLex 2021

Dictionaries, Law and Lore

WHEN: Wednesday 1 September & Thursday 2 September 2021
WHERE: Online

Papers may address a wide range of areas associated with lexicography including law and policy; contact linguistics; culture, lore, language and identity; e-lexicography; endangered languages; learners’ dictionaries; lexicology; music and language; onomastics; oral traditions and language; phraseology; paremiology; Revival Linguistics; social empowerment through language; specialist dictionaries; and terminology.

Watch this space for further information!


Lexicography and Dictionaries in the Public Sphere -- was held on 3 & 4 September 2019 at The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

Presentations from the Conference are now available on the Publications page of this website.

Analysing Words as a Social Enterprise: Celebrating 40 Years of the 1975 Helsinki Declaration on Lexicography

This double blind peer reviewed online collection of papers originally presented at the AustraLex 2015 conference is now available on the Publications page of the website.

Intersections between oral narratives, traditions, lexicography and new media

held 28 and 29 August 2017, at University of the South Pacific, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

The final program is available here.

Endangered Words, Signs of Revival

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


Dr Julia Miller

Street Address

Dr Julia Miller
School of Education
The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, 5005


T: 08 8313 4721

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