Australex Program. July 10, 2000
Australex Presentations and Business Meeting
Monday 10th July (a.m.) 2000 - Trinity College, University of Melbourne. Part of ALI 2000.
|8.30-9.00am||Registration and welcome (including morning tea)|
David Blair, Macquarie University
Labelling for subject areas
Lexicographers generally regard labels as restrictive: they tell readers that they are not totally free to use that sense in every context. For instance, a sense labelled U.S. is one that belongs to American English, and you would not expect to hear it from a speaker of another dialect. A word labelled Colloq. is one you would expect to hear in informal language, especially speech; and you would be expected to use it similarly, if the dictionary is right in its prediction.
So dictionary theory says, in effect, that labels are usage labels. They indicate restrictions on the ways in which words and their senses are used, but they do not impinge on the senses themselves. They are not actually part of the definitions: they precede the definitions. They do not give semantic information: they give user/usage information.
To what extent, though, is this true when the label indicates a subject area? Dictionaries appear to have a problem in applying the principle consistently. This paper briefly discusses why this might be so, indicates some of the implications for readers of this inconsistency, and reports on the likelihood (or otherwise) of editors being able to solve the problem.
Andrew Pawley, Australian National University
On 'fish' and 'insteps': evidence of the sins of lexicographers
The results indicate that most English speakers have understandings of 'fish' and 'instep' that differ sharply from those typically given in English dictionaries. The implications of this discrepancy will be explored.
Jenny Green & Myfany Turpin, Institute for Aboriginal Development
Making sense: comparative Arandic lexicography
Cross-linguistic data resulting from this fieldwork methodology provides comparative evidence for attested sense relations, such as distinguishing between polysemy and homophony. We discuss the implications of this methodology for definitional practice in Aboriginal language dictionaries.
|10.30-11.15||Morning tea (Including a presentation of June Factor's Kidspeak: a dictionary of Australian children's words, expressions and games, published today by Melbourne University Press.)|
Noor Ida Ramli, Mara Institute of Technology, Malaysia
Does an production/active dictionary really help students write in English?
David Blair, Terry Crowley, Jane Simpson, and others
Makers and users: making dictionaries usable (panel discussion)
|12.45-1.00+||Biennial General Meeting (Including election of officers. Vice-President David Blair is expected to succeed Jane Simpson as President for the period 2000-2002. Nominations for the positions of Vice-President/President Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Committee Members at large will be accepted in advance or at the meeting. Nominations submitted in advance should include an indication of the willingness of the nominee to stand.)|