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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.

Further information about AUSTRALEX is available on its Facebook page.

Latest Announcements

ELEXIS Survey of Lexicographers' Needs

Part of the European project ELEXIS (European Lexicographic Infrastructure:, the survey seeks an overview of lexicographic practices worldwide, for born-digital and retrodigitized resources, and to make an inventory of the needs of lexicographers.

Filling out the survey will take approximately half an hour; you can take a break at the end of each section and continue later. The results will be published on the ELEXIS website. Your answers will be kept secure and your anonymity protected.

For further information, contact Jelena Kallas, Institute of the Estonian Language,

Deadline for completion: 27 August 2018.

Click here for survey.

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.

AustraLex Conference 2017

Intersections between oral narratives, traditions, lexicography and new media

was 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.

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Dr Julia Miller

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


T: 08 8313 4721

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