Danko Šipka | Normative Authority in Slavic Monolingual Dictionaries

We invite you to a guest lecture by Prof. Danko Šipka:


Normative Authority in Slavic Monolingual Dictionaries.


The present talk will explore the micro and macro levels of normativity in select Slavic monolingual dictionaries, representing all three branches: East, West, and South, and different time periods. The analysis at the macro level will revolve around the questions of how linguistic authorities of the dictionaries in question establish, what was the justification for the publishing of said dictionaries, as well as how were these dictionaries situated in their sociocultural context, and, furthermore, how they were received in the specific discussed societies at large. At the micro level, the analysis will focus on the labels that have the effect of excluding a word, its meaning or form, compared to the standard language variety. Special attention will be devoted to the recent changes in construing normativity and deploying normative labels, whereby lexicographers tend to use indirect strategies of enforcing normativity, replacing previous direct normative interventions.


The lecture in English language will take place on Tuesday, 5 December 2023, at 16:00, at the ZRC SAZU conference room, Novi trg 2, 1st floor, Ljubljana.


Danko Šipka is a professor of Slavic languages and head of the German, Romanian, and Slavic Faculty at Arizona State University, where he teaches Slavic and general linguistics in the School of International Letters and Cultures. He also holds a titular (presidential) professorship conferred upon him by the president of the Republic of Poland. His previous experience includes stints at the universities of Sarajevo, Belgrade, Poznan, Wroclaw, Warsaw, the Jagiellonian University, and the universities of Munich and Dusseldorf. He has also completed research fellowships at Hokkaido University and the Australian National University. In 2021 he was Istvan Deak visiting professor at Columbia Unviersity and in 2022 and 2024 he is a Fulbright scholar in Belgrade, Serbia. Šipka has won various prestigious fellowships and awards (Fulbright, Humboldt, ACLS, Walton, etc.) He holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from the U. of Belgrade, a doctorate in psychology from the Polish Academy of Sciences, and an M.A. in Russian from the University of Poznan. Prof. Šipka is an ACTFL-certified Oral Proficiency Tester for Polish and English and a certified interpreter for the IRS, Homeland Security Department, and the Department of Justice. He is also a regular evaluator for the American Council on Education and the Department of Education. He was president of the NFMLTA.

Danko Šipka’s research interests include lexicography, lexicology, lexical and inflectional morphology, computational linguistics, and anthropological linguistics. His publications encompass over 150 papers and reviews as well as 30 books, including: Lexical Conflict: Theory and practice. Cambridge University Press, 2015, Lexical Layers of Identity, Cambridge University Press, 2019, The Geography of Words, Cambridge University Press, 2022, and Water, Whiskey, and Vodka: A Story of Slavic Languages, 2023. Dr. Šipka has presented invited lectures and keynote talks in the United States, Czech Republic, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Netherlands, Poland, Germany, Japan, Sweden, United Kingdom, Austria, and Serbia


Kindly invited!

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