Last changed 26 October 1999


AUSTRALEX, the Australasian Association for Lexicography, one-day conference at the Common Room, University House, Australian National University, Canberra
Saturday 30th October, 1999


Registration includes lunch and morning and afternoon teas.

If you intend registering on the morning of the conference, please ring the dictionary centre on 6249 2615 before Saturday, or let Bruce Moore know during the post-colonial Englishes conference (we need to know numbers for lunch).

8.00 - 9.00 Registration
SESSION 1 Chair: Jane Simpson
9.00 - 9.30 Patrick McConvell The Semantics/Pragmatics interface and the manageable dictionary (abstract)

9.30 - 10.00 Tonya Stebbins Tsimshian contributions to the design of the Smealgyox Dictionary (abstract)

10.00 - 10.30 Xiangdong Pu
Dictionaries in China: functional equivalence of idiom translation in bilingual Chinese-English dictionaries (abstract)
10.30 - 11.00 Margaret Sharpe
The Alawa Triglot Dictionary: an unnecessary trial or a triumph? (abstract)
11.00 - 11.30 Morning tea
SESSION 2 Chair: Bruce Moore
11.30 - 12.00 Andrew Taylor, AliceChan & Henry Wong
Evaluating learner dictionaries: the view from the reviews (abstract)
12.00 - 1.00 PANEL DISCUSSION What are the essentials in a learner's dictionary?
1.00 - 2.00 LUNCH
SESSION 3 Chair: David Nash
2.00 - 2.30 James Lambert The Interests and Dis-Interests of Lexicographers (abstract)

2.30 - 3.00 Trevor Johnston & Adam Schembri The lexeme in sign language lexicography (abstract)


Kevin Jansz, Chris Manning & Jane Simpson
A semantic network graphic interface for machine-readable dictionaries
Anna Ash A dictionary database for Yuwaalaraay, Yuwaaliyaay, Gamilaraay
3.30 - 4.00 Afternoon tea
SESSION 4 Chair: Sue Butler
4.00 - 4.30 Jan Tent The Vocabulary of Fiji English: A Profile and Analysis (abstract)

4.30-5.00 Laurie Bauer Whither the Thesaurus (abstract)

Conference registration

Australex 99 follows the conference Who's centric now? The present state of post-colonial Englishes, hosted by the Australian National Dictionary Centre, Oxford University Press, and the Humanities Research Centre, ANU, from Wednesday 27th to Friday 29th October. For details of that conference please contact Leena Messina, Programs Office, Humanities Research Centre, ANU, Canberra, ACT 0200; phone + 61 2 6249 4357; fax +61 2 6248 0054; email

The AUSTRALEX conference will be followed on Sunday 31 October, by a workshop on researching Australian place-names (especially those of Aboriginal origin), supported by the Australian Language Research Centre (Department of English, University of Sydney) and the National Place Names Project.

The next regular biennial meeting of AUSTRALEX will be on Monday 10th July, 2000, at the University of Melbourne.   Further details will be posted nearer the time on the AUSTRALEX web pages, at

Place-names workshop page.

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