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Leeuwarden/Ljouwert, 12-14 June 2019: ICHLL-10

The 10th International Conference on Historical Lexicography and Lexicology (ICHLL) provides a platform for scholars and researchers to present their papers and share their research, their experiences, their ideas, the practical challenges encountered and/or the solutions adopted concerning the history of dictionaries, the making of historical dictionaries, as well as historical lexicology.
The conference will be held in Leeuwarden-Ljouwert (The Netherlands) from 12-14 June 2019. It is organized by the Fryske Akademy, in collaboration with the International Society for Historical Lexicography and Lexicology.

Keynote speakers

We are happy to announce our two keynote speakers: professor Sarah Ogilvie and professor Andreas Deutsch.

Dr. Sarah Ogilvie is senior research fellow at the University of Oxford and Director of Global Partnerships (Dictionaries Division) at Oxford University Press. She is also a research affiliate at Standford's Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS). Keynote abstract: Digital Research on the History of Dictionaries and Language (pdf).

Dr. Andreas Deutsch is professor of History of Law at Heidelberg University. He is also Director of the Research Center of the Deutsches Rechtswörterbuch/ Dictionary of Historical German Legal Terms at the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences. Keynote abstract: Old Frisian Terms in the "Deutsches Rechtswörterbuch". The Multilingual Approach of the Dictionary of Historical German Legal Terms (pdf).


Important dates

1 October 2018Call for papers
15 January 2019Deadline for paper and poster submissions
15 February 2019Notification of acceptance 
15 February 2019Registration opens 
15 April 2019Early-bird rate ends
12-14 June 2019ICHLL-10 Conference


Previous conferences

Previous conferences were held in Leicester, UK (2002), Gargnano del Garda, Italy (2004), Leiden, the Netherlands (2006), Edmonton, Canada (2008), Oxford, UK (2010), Jena, Germany (2012), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain (2014), Bloomington, USA (2016) and Genoa, Italy (2018). From now onwards ICHLL will be a yearly event.

The history of lexicography and lexicology of smaller languages

The theme of the 2019 Conference is 'The history of lexicography and lexicology of smaller languages', but papers on any topic of historical lexicography and lexicology are also welcomed. There are slots for both papers and poster presentations. Papers will be 20 minutes in length, followed by a 10-minute discussion. Poster presentations will be staged in a dedicated session. Papers and poster presentations are to be delivered in English.

Call for papers and posters: proposals

Abstracts (ca. 300 words in length) should contain no self-identification and should be submitted electronically on EasyChair, where we provide an abstract template to be used. You can also indicate whether the proposal is intended for oral presentation or for a poster.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is Tuesday 15 January 2019. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by Friday 15 February 2019.

The abstracts (accepted for presentation) will be published on the conference website. We intend to publish a selection of the papers in an edited volume, whether in hard copy or digitally.


A detailed programme will be announced later.



Registration for ICHLL-10 opens on 15 February 2019. The early-bird rate ends on 15 April 2019. Conference fees will be announced later. 




Getting to Leeuwarden

Leeuwarden is a two-hour train ride from Schiphol Airport. Direct connections from Schiphol Airport leave every hour at –.34. Alternatively, trains from Schiphol Airport to Groningen leave every hour at –.04; these offer a cross-platform change to Leeuwarden at Zwolle.

For participants from South East England (London-Southend), Southern Germany (Munich) or Denmark (Copenhagen), flights to Groningen Airport Eelde may be a convenient alternative. From here, Leeuwarden is easily accessibly by car or by train.


About Leeuwarden/Fryslân

Leeuwarden/Ljouwert is the capital of the bilingual province of Fryslân. In 2018, Leeuwarden–Fryslân was European Capital of Culture. Here, Frisian is recognised as an official language in addition to Dutch. Frisian may be used in courts and in communication with the government, and is part of the primary and secondary school curriculum. It is estimated that Frisian is the first language for just over 50% of the inhabitants of Fryslân. This proportion has slowly decreased over the last decades, leading UNESCO to classify Frisian as 'vulnerable'. In addition to Frisian and Dutch, various Frisian dialects, Low-Saxon dialects, Dutch-Frisian contact varieties and immigrant languages are spoken. 


Venue and accommodation

The conference will be organised in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. The venue will be announced early 2019, as well as information about accommodation.



Hans Van de Velde (chair, Fryske Akademy)

Rolf H. Bremmer Jr (Leiden University/Fryske Akademy)

Willem Visser (Fryske Akademy)

Conference website: www.fryske-akademy.nl/ichll10 

Contact us via e-mail: ichll10@fryske-akademy.nl



The Fryske Akademy, affiliated to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), focuses on scientific research into the Frisian language, multilingualism and regional history. We publish books, develop language tools, and organize symposiums, lectures and conferences. Since its foundation in 1938, Fryske Akademy has been the lexicographic institute for Frisian.

The International Society for Historical Lexicography and Lexicology (ISHLL) was established as a result of the first International Conference on Historical Lexicography and Lexicology (ICHLL). ISHLL sponsors the ICHLL meetings.