Branch meeting: October 15, 2014

What: EAC-BC October meeting
When: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 7:00–9:00 pm
Where: Welch Room, 4th floor, YWCA Health + Fitness Centre, 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free for EAC members; $10 for non-members; $5 for students with valid ID. Registration at the door.

Forks in the Road: Dictionaries and the Radically Changing English-Language Ecosystem

By at least one objective measure of use, English is set apart from all other languages today. UBC’s Stefan Dollinger will look at recent geopolitical changes influencing the language and the use of English as a lingua franca among non-native speakers, which raises questions of ownership and discrimination between “errors” and linguistic innovations. Stefan will focus on whether these novel uses have been, or should be, addressed in the Oxford English Dictionary and the Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles.

Word buffs and linguistics lovers, don’t miss this exciting discussion of dictionaries and the changing realities of English.

Stefan Dollinger, Assistant Professor of English at UBC Vancouver, specializes in historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, and the lexicography and lexicology of varieties of English. He has published over 40 scholarly papers and is the author of New-Dialect Formation in Canada (2008) and The Written Questionnaire in Social Dialectology (just sent to press). As editor-in-chief of A Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles, Stefan oversaw the digitization of DCHP-1, now available in open access. The second edition, with about 800 new terms and meanings, is expected in early 2016.

Bonus! Enter the draw at the meeting for free admission to one of EAC-BC’s professional development seminars.

Editors’ Pub Night
No plans before the monthly meeting? Drop by for a pay-as-you-go meal or drink. It’s a great chance to meet, mingle, network, gossip, debate, or just plain catch up with other editors. Members and non-members welcome.
Where: Elephant & Castle, 385 Burrard Street (Marine Building)
When: Before each meeting, between 5:00 and 6:45 pm

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