Keynote speakers

Electronic lexicography and computer-assisted language learning: Breaking down the barrier 

is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Louvain (Belgium). She is the Director of the Centre for English Corpus Linguistics where research activity is focused on the compilation and exploitation of learner corpora and multilingual corpora. Her current research interests focus on the integration of corpus data into a range of user-oriented tools (electronic dictionaries, writing aids, spell checkers and essay scoring tools). Her latest publications include International Corpus of Learner English (Granger et al. 2009) and eLexicography in the 21st century: New challenges, new applications (Granger & Paquot eds. 2010).

Language data for digital natives: old wine in a new bottle or...?

SIMON KREK was the editor-in-chief of a new Oxford comprehensive English-Slovenian dictionary published in two volumes between 2005-2006, a project that introduced modern corpus-based lexicography in Slovenia. Currently his affiliation is with the Amebis software company, specialized in natural language processing products for Slovene, and with Jo┼żef Stefan Institute as a researcher in the field of language technologies. He is coordinating a five year project whose results include a billion-word corpus of Slovene with a new tagger, parser and pedagogically-oriented web concordancer, a lexicon and lexical database, serving as a basis for a web-based pedagogical dictionary, grammar and manual of style.

Wordnik: Notes from an Online Dictionary Project

ERIN McKEAN likes to call herself a Dictionary Evangelist. She is the CEO of the new online dictionary Wordnik. She was the editorial manager for the Thorndike-Barnhart Dictionaries at Pearson Scott Foresman, and was recently the editor-in-chief of the New Oxford American Dictionary, 2nd edition. She has served on the board of the Dictionary Society of North America and on the editorial board for its journal, Dictionaries. She is the author of Weird and Wonderful Words, More Weird and Wonderful Words, Totally Weird and Wonderful Words, and That’s Amore (also about words).

The DANTE database: what it is, how it was created, and what it can contribute to the dictionaries and lexicons of the future (Sue Atkins and Michael Rundell)

MICHAEL RUNDELL is one of the directors of Lexicography MasterClass Ltd. He has been a professional lexicographer since 1980, working on a wide range of dictionaries. His special area is monolingual English dictionaries designed for learners. He has managed complex dictionary projects for a number of leading British publishers including Longman and Macmillan, and has been involved in the design and development of several major language corpora. His last project was Dante, a new lexical database for English (completed in September 2010), where he was (together with Sue Atkins) in charge of the database design, quality control and project management.

Lexicographers' 'have-tos' in the electronic dictionary age

SERGE VERLINDE is Professor of French for Specific Purposes (Business French, Legal French) and Director of the Leuven Language Institute at the University of Leuven, Belgium. His main research interests are corpus linguistics, pedagogical lexicography and CALL (Computer-assisted language learning). He is the co-author of the 'Dictionnaire d'apprentissage du français des affaires' (DAFA - Paris: Didier). Recently, he has developed web applications for learning and teaching French vocabulary: the 'Base lexicale du français' and 'Alfalex' ( He is currently working on online reading, translating and writing assistants for Dutch and French.

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