So..I thought of you when I watched this cool Google Guest Lecture Video. And how appropriate but for there to be a photo of some interesting reference books right on your page for me to attach this comment to! (Note that she is also an expert on 1950's novelty fabrics and circle skirts.) Lecture by Erin McKean, editor and lexicographer for the New Oxford American Dictionary, tells Google the ten things she wishes people knew about dictionaries, how people go about making new words, and how lexicographers use Google. Erin McKean has wanted to be a lexicographer since she was eight years old. She has a BA and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Chicago, where she wrote her master's thesis on the treatment of phrasal verbs in children's dictionaries. While at the University of Chicago, she worked as a volunteer at the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary. Before OUP, Erin spent eight years at Scott Foresman, where she worked on the Thorndike Barnhart children's dictionaries. Erin is a member of the American Dialect Society, the American Names Society, and Euralex and is a member of the board of the Dictionary Society of North America. Her publications include two papers in Dictionaries, the journal of the DSNA. She is a computer enthusiast and has given several presentations on SGML and XML to Chicago We.. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1588634025806636713&ei=7aelS9ygGpzyqAO13qSGDA&q=google+speech+dictionary&view=3
You know me well.I will definitely check out the video!! Thanks Peter.
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