Tuesday, June 20 at 6:00 pm

Annual Meeting featuring Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster Editor-at-Large

Please join us on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. for the Stockbridge Library Association’s Annual Meeting featuring a presentation by Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster Editor-at-Large.

We will welcome new board members during the brief business portion of the meeting, followed by Mr. Sokolowski’s talk, entitled “The Dictionary As Data: What the Online Dictionary Tells Us About English.”  What makes a person look up a word? When do you use a dictionary? Looking up a word in the dictionary is an intimate act for each of us as individuals, but the words sought by millions of users put together tell us a surprising story about the English language. By watching trends of lookups on a heavily consulted online dictionary, lexicographers track which entries are being consulted at any given moment. Some words are perennial sources of curiosity, while others show spikes of interest triggered by news from the worlds of politics, entertainment, and sports. Some words express the general mood of the culture; others reflect a poignant specificity. At the same time, this Web traffic tells a story about the changing business of dictionaries — and what is expected of a dictionary in the 21st century.

This program is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information, please call (413) 298-5501.

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