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Michael Adams, Provost’s Professor of English at Indiana University, is the author of Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon (OUP, 2003), Slang: The People’s Poetry (OUP, 2009), and (with Anne Curzan) How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction 3/e (Pearson, 2012). With Curzan, he edited Contours of English and English Language Studies (University of Michigan Press, 2011), which includes a section on lexicography; he edited “Cunning passages, contrived corridors”: Unexpected Essays in the History of Lexicography (Polimetrica, 2010) and From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring Invented Languages (OUP, 2011) all by himself. His latest book is In Praise of Profanity (OUP, 2016). He formerly edited this journal and American Speech. He is past president of the Dictionary Society of North America.

Yasmin S. Baksh-Comeau holds BSc and MPhil degrees in botany and in 1980 became the first local curator of the National Herbarium of Trinidad and Tobago (TRIN), located on the Trinidad campus of The University of the West Indies. Her research focuses on taxonomy, ecology, biogeography and ethnobotany of the vascular plants of Trinidad and Tobago. She has collaborated with international scholars on projects including the Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad and Tobago; developing a Biodiversity Monitoring System for Trinidad and Tobago (Oxford University/UK Darwin Initiative), which resulted in the coauthored monograph of that name; An Annotated Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Trinidad and Tobago with Analysis of Vegetation Types and Botanical ‘Hotspots.’ She is currently coordinating a project with Cambridge University, UK on the biodiversity and eco-physiology of the Bryophyte flora of Trinidad and Tobago.

David K. Barnhart is a practicing lexicographer and independent scholar. He began his career in dictionaries in 1966 editing the Thorndike-Barnhart dictionary series under his father’s direction. He is publisher and editor of The Barnhart Dictionary Companion (quarterly) since 1982 and The Barnhart New Words Concordance. He is a past president of the Dictionary Society of North America and of the International Linguistic Association. Barnhart’s Unfinished Dictionary of Politics is in preparation.

Janet DeCesaris (PhD, Spanish, Indiana University) teaches translation, lexicology, and lexicography at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, where she has worked for over twenty years and is currently the director of the Institute for Applied Linguistics. Her research [End Page 213] interests include lexical semantics, Catalan and Spanish lexicology, lexical equivalence across languages and, of course, dictionaries. She was on the executive board of the European Association for Lexicography (EURALEX) for twelve years and served as president from 2012 to 2014.

Robert DeMaria, Jr. (PhD, English, Rutgers University, 1975) is Henry Noble MacCracken Professor of English Literature at Vassar College, the general editor of the Yale Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson, and the co-editor, most recently, of volume 19 in the series, Biographical Writings: Soldiers, Scholars, and Friends (2016).

Stefan Dollinger (PhD, English Linguistics, Vienna University, 2006) is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Gothenburg and Associate Professor of English at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He specializes in historical linguistics, dialectology, sociolinguistics, and the lexicography and lexicology of varieties of English. Author of some 40+ papers (, his books include New-Dialect Formation in Canada (John Benjamins, 2008), The Written Questionnaire in Social Dialectology (John Benjamins, 2015) and, as editor-in-chief, the new edition of A Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles (DCHP-2,, expected for 2017) and the digitized first edition (Avis et al. 1967), which is now available in open access (

R. W. McConchie (PhD, University of Sydney; Docent, University of Helsinki) is now retired and working as an independent researcher, with interests in the history of dictionaries and book history. His publications include Lexicography and Physicke (Clarendon Press, 1997) and Ashgate Critical Essays on Early English Lexicographers, Volume 3: Sixteenth Century (Ashgate, 2012). He is currently working on a history of English medical dictionaries, as well as sixteenth-century printed books in the national Library of Russia in St. Petersburg and an edited volume on dictionary paratexts and epitexts.

Traci C. Nagle (MA, English & Linguistics, Indiana University, 2011) is a doctoral...


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