Electronic Lexicography in the 21st Century

Leiden, Netherlands
19–21 September 2017


eLex 2017: Lexicography from Scratch

The fifth biennial conference on electronic lexicography, eLex 2017, will take place in Holiday Inn Leiden, Netherlands,  19-21 September 2017.

Confirmed keynote speakers

Frieda Steurs
INT, Dutch Language Institute
Leiden profile»

Jane Solomon
Dictionary.com profile»

Pawel Rutkowski
University of Warsaw, Poland
winner of the Adam Kilgarriff Prize in 2016 profile»

Ben Zimmer
Wall Street Journal, formerly Vocabulary.com profile»

Programme sponsor



Oxford Dictionaries


The conference aims to investigate state-of-the-art technologies and methods for automating the creation of dictionaries. Over the past two decades, advances in NLP techniques have enabled the automatic extraction of different kinds of lexicographic information from corpora and other (digital) resources. As a result, key lexicographic tasks, such as finding collocations, definitions, example sentences, and translations, are beginning to be transferred increasingly from humans to machines. Automating the creation of dictionaries is highly relevant, especially for under-resourced languages, where dictionaries need to be compiled from scratch and where the users cannot wait for years, often decades, for the dictionary to be “completed”. The key questions to be discussed are: What are the best practices for automatic data extraction, crowdsourcing and data visualisation? How far can we get with Lexicography from scratch and what is the role of the lexicographer in this process?

Starting this year, the conference proceedings will be published by Lexical Computing CZ s.r.o., based in Botanická 68a, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic.

Supporting institutions