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Fredric Dolezal

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Linguistics; and Literary Studies.
Administrator, International Society for Historical Lexicography and Lexicology

Fredric Dolezal (Ph.D. Theoretical Linguistics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) is on the Advisory Board of the lexicographic journal Lexikos, published by AFRILEX (the African Association for Lexicography) and is administrator for the International Society for the History of Lexicology and Lexicography; he has research interests in literary lexicography and history of semantics and philosophical grammars, especially as these linguistically-based studies raise questions concerning the dictionary as text and the literariness of literary theory; the preceding is informed largely by his work on constructed languages and lexicons of the 17th century, classification systems, and other methods of transmitting and representing concepts across space and time.

Dr. Dolezal taught across the curriculum in Theoretical Linguistics and English Literary Studies. His most recent courses included Seminar on Knowledge Representation and the Lexicon; Lexicography; Advanced Writing: Nature Writing, principles and practice; English Grammar; Theory and Criticism: Linguistic Ideas in Literary Theory; Keywords in English: Language, Thought and Culture; King Lear at the Movies; and Film as Literature.

Dr. Dolezal's most recent edited volume, Broadening Perspectives in the History of Dictionaries and Word Studies (2021; Hans Van de Velde, co-editor, Cambridge Scholars Publishing), is a collection of international scholarship representing current trends in historical and critical lexicography and lexicology; another recent edited publication, Synonymy and Sameness of Meaning, is a special thematic issue of the International Journal of Lexicography  (Oxford University Press). He presented a paper at the 8th International Conference for Historical Lexicography and Lexicology, Render into English that which is an historical reconstruction, or, The Lord’s Prayer and Bishop John Wilkins’s expedient ‘daily bread’”.

A revised and expanded chapter, "World Englishes and Lexicography" has been published in the 2nd Edition of The Handbook of World Englishes (Wiley Blackwell, January 2020).A book chapter crossing the domains of the history of the book and feminist historiography of linguistics, "Did Anne Maxwell print John Wilkins's Essay towards a Real Character and a Philosophical Language (1668)?", has been published in a collection entitled Historical Dictionaries in their Paratextual Contexts (Roderick McConchie; Jukka Tyrkkö, editors. De Gruyter, 2018); Ward J. Risvold, Senior Lecturer, Georgia College and State University, is co-author.

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