Call for papers & workshops

Call for Papers

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The topic of the 21st EURALEX International Congress is Lexicography and Semantics.

Lexicography and semantics, particularly lexical semantics, share a deep connection, as the accurate representation of meaning is a fundamental aspect of both disciplines.

The intersection of lexicography and semantics is a fertile ground for exploring how words convey meaning and how meaning is structured in language. Over the past century and a half, various significant theoretical approaches to understanding word meaning have left their mark on the field of lexicography. Notably, the influence of semantic theories on lexicography and the compilation of digital lexical resources has become particularly prominent with the rise of cognitive semantics, and more specifically, the advent of frame semantics, which has played a pivotal role in enhancing the way lexicographers analyze and describe word meanings, resulting in more comprehensive lexical resources.

These resources include traditional dictionaries, thesauri, and linguistic corpora, but also extend to more specialized databases, ontologies, word embeddings, and semantic networks. This remarkable range of lexical resources has had a profound impact on the field of semantics, stimulating new lines of research and enriching our understanding of how language works. These resources have found applications beyond these two linguistic fields: They are used in fields like information retrieval, sentiment analysis, machine translation, and large language models development, demonstrating the practical relevance of the synergy between lexicography and semantics.

This conference aims to foster discussions, share research findings, and promote collaboration within the fields of lexicography and semantics, with a particular focus on cognitive approaches and their applications.

Papers, posters, presentations of new projects, and software demonstrations are invited on the topic Lexicography and Semantics (theoretical and applied perspectives) as well as on all lexicographically relevant topics including, but not limited to, the following fields:

  • Monolingual, bilingual, and multilingual lexicography including commercial dictionary publishing
  • The dictionary-making process
  • The use of dictionaries, and the needs of the user
  • Lexicography and language technologies: the use of computational linguistics, natural language processing and computer science technologies and language resources in lexicography
  • Terminology, terminography, and other specialized forms of lexicography
  • Lexicography of lesser-used and under-researched languages
  • Phraseology and collocations
  • Lexicography and etymology
  • Lexicological issues of lexicographical relevance
  • Reports on lexicographical and lexicological projects
  • Academic lexicography, historical lexicography, scholarly lexicography
  • Theoretical linguistic research, especially those branches most directly related to the interests and needs of compilers of dictionaries and/or computer lexicons, including word meaning, syntax, word combinations (phraseology), morphology, phonology, etc.

The main topics are not meant to exclude any other lexicographic topic. Papers, posters, and demonstrations that are relevant to the congress, but do not fit into any of the above-mentioned categories, will be reviewed nonetheless and considered for presentation.

When submitting your proposal, you can choose between the following types of contributions:

  • Papers (regular 20 min. presentations)
  • Software demonstrations (10 min. video demonstrations in a specific time slot)
  • Posters (to be presented in a dedicated poster session)

Each proposal will be reviewed anonymously by a minimum of two members of the Scientific Committee. The Conference Proceedings will be published online and freely accessible ahead of the conference. It will also be submitted for indexing in Scopus.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts with a maximum of 800 words, excluding references, tables, and figures, is

1 February 2024 8 February 2024.

Abstracts should be anonymous.

Languages: The language of oral presentations at the conference is English and no interpreting service is provided. However, you can submit your proposals in any European language.

Submission link

Call for Workshops

The conference offers an opportunity to discuss topics in detail at pre-conference Workshops.

These can be half-day workshops on Tuesday 8 October (09:00 – 14:00). Venues can be booked for free, but the workshop organiser pays for any possible additional costs (coffee breaks, meals, etc.).

If you wish to organise or take part in a workshop you are required to register as a conference attendee and are asked to pay the applicable registration fee. Workshop organisers may ask for an additional workshop fee. Proposals are welcome and must include:

  • title + workshop chair
  • length and format of the workshop
  • estimate of audience size
  • short description of the agenda
  • information about structure and schedule
  • preferred time slot
  • any technical needs.

Workshop proposals must be submitted to by  15 January 2024. The Conference Organizing Committee will review each submitted proposal closely until the middle of February 2024.