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Allsopp Centre: News

25th Anniversary of Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage
The Richard & Jeannette Allsopp Centre for Caribbean Lexicography is excited to announce the 25th Anniversary of the landmark work, the Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage. This work, which is described under our Publications section, is the first and to date only scholarly monolingual dictionary to chronicle the English of the whole Commonwealth Caribbean. Its supplement of words translated into Caribbean French and Spanish constituted a major first step in Caribbean multilingual lexicography as well. The contents and symbolism of the Dictionary remain important to this day, and the Allsopp Centre has prepared several initiatives in honour of its debut in 1996.

There will be several academic presentations throughout the year, all of which will be open to the public. The first is the annual Richard Allsopp Memorial Lecture, on January 29, 2021. The speaker this year will be Prof. Emerita Hazel Simmons-MacDonald, Prof. Emerita of Applied Linguistics and former Principal of the Open Campus. Her presentation is titled, "Vernacular Languages and Dictionaries in Education – Validating Caribbean Identities". More information will be available closer to the date.

Another event is a panel discussion at the 7th International Symposium on History of English Lexicography and Lexicology, to be held in Jamaica in October 2020. This panel will feature a mix of Caribbean and foreign scholars, bringing together diverse perspectives on the value of the work. Dr. Jeannette Allsopp, founder of the Allsopp Centre, will give the plenary address.

The Allsopp Centre will also publish a retrospective volume about the Dictionary. Co-edited by the Allsopp Centre's Director, Dr. Jason F. Siegel, and Dr. Allsopp, the work will publish the texts of the Richard Allsopp Memorial Lectures, as well as chapters by prominent linguists with expertise in Caribbean Lexicography. The volume is to be published by Language Sciences Press in the Studies in Caribbean Linguistics series. 

Further events and initiatives will be announced as more details are finalised.

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