Sixth International School in Lexicography, Ivanovo State University, 2005
International School in Lexicography dates back to 1995, and attracts scientists
and young scholars from around the world. Participants have a chance to
listen to prominent professionals and take part in first-hand scientific
discussions at roundtable sessions.
The sixth seminar was held at Ivanovo
State University on 12-14 September 2005, with the central theme of
“Lexicon, Lexicography, Terminography in Russian,
American and Other Cultures”. Participants included over a hundred prominent
linguists and young researchers from universities throughout Russia and from abroad. Discussions focused on current
linguistic issues, notably cross-cultural communication, and the
lexicographic scene of the English, Russian, German, French and Arabic
languages, the latest trends in terminography, learners and bilingual dictionaries, projects of new
reference works, etc.
There were two keynote speakers at the conference. Prof.
Heribert Picht (Germany) discussed the problems of scientific
knowledge-engineering in language for special purposes, professional
communication, a terminology study and non-verbal presentation of special
knowledge. Prof. Ken Haseley (USA), discussed
effective communication skills in the world of professional communication and
the exchange of special information.
Eight roundtable discussions took place along with
plenary sessions, and were chaired by leading Russian scientists: Prof. K.Y.
Averboukh (Moscow), Prof. L.M. Alexeeva (Perm) – “Modern Terminology Study:
Crisis of Ideas or New Stage of Development?”; Prof. G.E. Kreydlin (Moscow),
Prof. F.I. Kartashkova (Ivanovo) – “Problems of Nonverbal Communication”;
Prof. M.L. Makarov (Tver), Prof. T.V. Levina (Vladimir) – “Lexicology
Problems of Discourse-Analysis”; Prof. V.A. Vinogradov (Moscow) –
“Contrastive Lexicology and Linguistic Illustrations of the World”; Prof. I.A.
Tarasova (Saratov), Associate Professor L.L. Shestakova (Moscow) – “Authors’
Dictionaries in Lexicography of Various Nations”; Associate Professor O.A.
Uzhova (Ivanovo) – “Dictionary of Language and Culture as a Means of
Cross-cultural Communication Development”; Prof. G.M. Vishnevskaya (Ivanovo)
– “Phonetic Characteristics of Various Types of Dictionaries. New Trends in
Lexicography”; Prof. A.N. Taganov (Ivanovo) – “Word of Fiction in the Space of Culture”.
The lecture by Prof. S.G. Ter-Minasova (Moscow), “War and Peace of Languages and Culture”, was rich in
vivid examples illustrating cultural stereotypes of various nations, as well
as difficulties concerning cross-cultural communication. The presentation by
J. Tulloch (Oxford), editorial manager of Oxford English Dictionary,
concerned the history, development and current state of compiling the OED.
Prof. L.M. Alexeeva (Perm) discussed medical terminology. Prof. N.V. Vasilieva (Moscow) discussed peculiarities of describing proper names in
various types of dictionaries. Prof. L.A. Solnishkina (Kazan) presented a new
dictionary project of Russian marine jargon. Prof. I.S. Keselman (Orel) discussed the dictionary of textual chains with
special reference to EFL/ESL. Dr. N. Kassis (Haifa, Israel) discussed Russian-Arabic contacts and ways of
describing lexical borrowings in a dictionary. Dr. O.M. Karpova (Ivanov) and
her group of young researchers made a joint presentation of the latest
The biannual international schools and seminars held at Ivanovo
State University host a growing number of linguists and scientists from
many countries. These events in the lexicographic world serve as a stimulus
to the further development of reference sciences and the compilation of new
types of dictionaries. They have become a unifying force for the
international linguistic community, while enhancing the university’s
scientific relations with other universities in Russia and worldwide.
The Seventh Ivanovo conference is due to be held
in September 2007. The keynote speakers are Prof. G. Iamartino (Italy) and Dr. Ch. Lauren
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