World Histories of Lexicography and Lexicology

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  • Fredric T. Dolezal (University of Georgia, USA)
  • Roderick W. McConchie (University of Helsinki, Finland)

Editorial board

  • Stefan Dollinger (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)
  • Mirosława Podhajecka (University of Opole, Poland)
  • Maggie Scott (University of Salford, UK)
  • Hans Van de Velde (Fryske Akademy and Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
  • Geoffrey Williams (Université Grenoble Alpes and Université de Bretagne Sud, France)
  • Alpo Honkapohja (Tallinn University, Estonia)
  • Laura Pinnavaia (Università di Milano, Italy)

Advisory board

  • Giovanni Iamartino (Università di Milano, Italy)
  • Gao Yongwei (Fudan University, People’s Republic of China)
  • Dion Nkomo (Rhodes University, South Africa)
  • John Considine (University of Alberta, Canada)
  • Margit Kiss (Research Centre for Humanities, Hungary)
  • Laura Wright (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Volker Harm (Zentrum für digitale Lexikographie der deutschen Sprache, Germany)
  • Alicia Rodríguez Álvarez (Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain)
  • Chiara Benati (Università di Genova, Italy)
  • Monique Cormier (University of Montreal, Canada)
  • Charlotte Brewer (Oxford University, UK)
  • Tinatin Margalitadze (Centre for Lexicography and Language Technologies, Georgia)
  • Anna Hannesdóttir (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)

Aims and Scope

World Histories of Lexicography and Lexicology aims to rigorously explore and examine the intellectual and material development of dictionaries and lexical studies across different times, places, and languages while also exploring socio-cultural phenomena such as nation-building, language formation, and questions of genre, text, and literature.

Specifically, the series will provide:

  • A comprehensive exploration of the history of lexicography and lexicology, illuminating the intricate processes involved in compiling dictionaries, with an emphasis on both dictionaries and lexical studies in their own time as well as discovering how they change and evolve. Besides studying their respective linguistic features, the series encourages close study of socio-political and broader cultural contexts that have influenced lexicographers and shaped dictionaries and lexical semantics over time.
  • A variety of perspectives on the cultural and social influences of dictionaries and language reference works, illuminating their role in shaping attitudes towards language standards, norms, varieties, and communication practices within and across linguistic communities.
  • A supportive platform for developing methodological innovations in historical lexicography and lexicology, encouraging fresh approaches and techniques to enrich our understanding of lexical development and transmission of ideas across history and a broad range of discourse communities.
  • Insights into the contributions of individuals and organizations that serve as establishing and also questioning significant milestones in the history of lexicography.
  • Studies on the interplay of commerce and scholarship, and dictionaries as commodities.
  • A place to inspire and educate the next generation of lexicographers, linguists, and language enthusiasts, fostering an appreciation for the art and science of dictionary production.

The series welcomes submissions that address the following themes:

  • Critical analyses of dictionaries and other language reference works.
  • Discussions on methodological and theoretical approaches to lexical and phrasal semantics from a historiographical perspective.
  • Exploration of lexicography and lexicology across diverse languages and cultures, informed by historical and linguistic perspectives.
  • Examination of dictionaries and word studies in historical contexts, both comparatively and diachronically.
  • Investigation of the impact of dictionaries on language attitudes, standardization, and critical lexicography.
  • Construction of recorded documents, grammars, and lexicons, etc., using evidence from the spoken word.
  • Textual scholarship and the dictionary as text.

Please note that the series does not publish dictionaries themselves, but rather focuses on the histories of lexicography and lexicology as intellectual and material objects. The series is supported by the International Society for Historical Lexicography and Lexicology (ISHLL) and the Helsinki Society for Historical Lexicography (HSHL).

Guidelines for submitting a proposal for a monograph or edited volume

WHLL welcomes proposals for monographs and edited volumes. Send your proposal as an email attachment following these guidelines to

Proposals for monographs should not exceed 3000 words (excluding bibliography). Please
make sure to clearly describe key findings and methods applied.

Proposals should include:

  • the title of the book
  • a detailed table of contents
  • a description of the overall aims of the book
  • a summary of each chapter
  • the main references.

After submission of the final manuscript, monographs will be evaluated by the series editor and the editorial board, and by external experts when necessary.

Proposals for edited volumes should include:

  • the title of the book
  • the table of contents, including contributors
  • a general description of the aims of the volume (ca. 500-800 words)
  • a 300-word abstract of each chapter.

All proposals will be reviewed by the series editors and by appropriate members of the editorial board. Edited volumes are assessed in accordance to the LSP reviewing guidelines. Open peer review is encouraged ( ). We follow the workflow suggested by LSP for reviewing, typesetting and proofreading ( Please also provide us with information on the intended review process (see the general LSP reviewing guidelines and indicate which process you would prefer. Questions can be addressed to the series editors at


This series publishes books in English. Chapters in French, German, Italian, and Portuguese (and other languages) are a possibility if the authors/editors provide suggestions for proof readers.


All submissions and correspondence should be addressed to the editors at

All Books

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Forthcoming:West meets East: Papers in historical lexicography and lexicology from across the globe

Geoffrey Williams (ed), Mathilde Le Meur (ed), Andrés Echavarría Peláez (ed)
June 14, 2024