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Poetry above the fold: caption starts "ONE MUST HAVE A MIND OF WINTER"
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Tweets about the 20th biennial meeting of the Dictionary Society of North America (DSNA-20) and the 9th conference of Studies in the History of the English Language (SHEL-9), held jointly at the University of British Columbia on June 5-7, are collected at https://storify.com/MichaelHancher/aspects-of-dsna-20-shel-9-june-2015. Information about the meetings, including a detailed program, is available at http://events.arts.ubc.ca/dsna-20&shel-9/. Plans are now being drawn up for the next DSNA meeting, to be held in May or June of 2017 at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados; details will appear at the DSNA blog, http://www.dictionarysociety.com/.
Glimpses the 20th biennial meeting of the Dictionary Society of North America (DSNA-20) and the 9th conference of Studies in the History of the English Language (SHEL-9), held jointly at the University of British Columbia. Program and other details at http://events.arts.ubc.ca/dsna-20&shel-9/.
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C. D., "Merry Christmas to You;' or, Wishes Not Horses" can be read at http://goo.gl/S1LUe7, pp. 17-18. Disgruntlement with Christmas is older than Scrooge--as old as the Reform Bill. For details see  “Dickens’s First Effusion,” Dickens Quarterly 31:4 (December 2014): 285-97.
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Digital Dictionaries

On January 5, 2013, the Modern Language Association Discussion Group on Lexicography sponsored session 562, "Digital Dictionaries," at the MLA's annual convention in Boston. Tweets reporting that session were later assembled at Storify.com. Jennifer Howard interviewed the participants before publishing her article, "In the Digital Era, Our Dictionaries Read Us," in the Chronicle of Higher Education on March 11, 2013.

Five articles have now been published in Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America, volume 35 (2014), which expand on the presentations given at that session:

--Michael Hancher, “Digital Dictionaries: Introduction,” 272–74.
--Ben Zimmer, “Lexicography 2.0: Reimagining Dictionaries for the Digital Age,” 275–86.
--Peter Sokolowski, “The Dictionary as Data,” 287–98.
--David Jost, “Digital Change: The Benefits of Control,” 299–302.
--Lisa Berglund, “Reflecting on Digital Dictionaries,” 303–06.

See also "Notes on Contributors," 398-403.
In 1900 James A. H. Murray, editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, pointed out that before there were print dictionaries there were interlinear glosses in medieval manuscripts, which were put there by readers to explain the occasional hard word (1900, 7–9). Sometimes manuscript glossaries ...
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Recently published: "College English in India: The First Textbook." 
Victorian Literature and Culture 42 (2014): 553-72.
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Moving wall to paywall: "Dickens's First Effusion" (Dickens Quarterly 31:4, Dec. 2014) is now available at ProQuest Literature Online, too late for Christmas. Scrooge is prefigured in "'Merry Christmas to You;' or, Wishes Not Horses" (1832), which is linked below.
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"The Commercial History of a Penny Magazine" (1833), ed. Laurie Dickinson and Sarah Wadsworth (1995), is now available at the Internet Archive.
hide You are viewing an archived web page, collected at the request of University of Minnesota using Archive-It. This page was captured on 23:46:58 Sep 17, 2015, and is part of the University of Minnesota. College of Liberal Arts (CLA) collection. The information on this web page may be out of ...
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The Google Doodle for today celebrates the first book to be illustrated by photographs, Anna Atkins's Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (London, 1843-53). See Michael Cavna, "Anna Atkins: Google Doodle Artfully Celebrates a True-blue Photographic Pioneer," Washington Post March 16, 2015 <http://goo.gl/pK0hk7>; for examples see also <http://goo.gl/0iWAFv>.

Atkins's work relates to a point I make in "Definition and Depiction," Word & Image 26 (2010): 244-72 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02666280903270360>: 

"Imagine that you see a giraffe on top of a nearby hill in broad daylight; now imagine that you see it at dusk, silhouetted against the sky; now imagine that you see its shadow cast against a wall by single source of bright light; now imagine that you see a tracing of that shadow on the wall (both Pliny and Leonardo traced the origins of painting to such a tracing...); now imagine that you see a scaled reduction of that drawing: what part of your perception at each stage is ‘natural’, what part ‘conventional’? Is the perception of the shape of the giraffe always a matter of convention? Is it inherently unnatural?" (261-62)
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“Merry Christmas to You;" or, Wishes Not Horses

In time for Christmas: “Dickens’s First Effusion,” Dickens Quarterly 31:4 (December 2014): 285-97. Proposes that “‘Merry Christmas to You;’ or, Wishes Not Horses,” Athenæum Jan. 7, 1832: 17-18, signed “C. D.,” was by Charles Dickens – his first publication.
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Centrum: Working Papers of the Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Language, Style, and Literary Theory was published twice a year at the University of Minnesota from 1973 until 1982. In 2014 the journal was archived at the University's Digital Conservancy. Tables of contents and links for each issue appear at the link below.
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