Steven Pinker, Lois Lowry, Wendy Kaminer, and Steve Kleinedler

discuss

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition

Date

Dec
8
Thursday
December 8, 2011
8:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

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Harvard Book Store is thrilled to welcome STEVEN PINKER, LOIS LOWRY, WENDY KAMINER, and STEVE KLEINEDLER to discuss The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition.

Attention all word nerds and language lovers – join us to discuss THE FUTURE OF LANGUAGE! American Heritage Dictionary Executive Editor Steve Kleinedler (the only lexicographer we know with a tattoo of a phonetic vowel chart on his back) will be joined by a dazzling set of American Heritage Usage panelists including bestselling author Steven Pinker (Panel Chair), Lois Lowry, and Wendy Kaminer to discuss some of the 10,000 newly added words and senses (eggcorn, smoot, zaatar, etc.!!), and whether the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition could possibly be the final print edition of the dictionary, ever.

Exhaustively researched and thoroughly revised, the Fifth Edition contains 10,000 new words and senses, over 4,000 dazzling new full-color images, and authoritative, up-to-date guidance on usage from the celebrated American Heritage Usage Panel.

In keeping with the American Heritage tradition of cutting-edge research, the Fifth Edition represents the work of a dedicated team of experts, scholars, and contributors. Thousands of definitions have been revised in rapidly changing fields such as astronomy and biology, geographical entries and maps have been completely updated, and the dictionary’s signature feature notes on word history, synonymy, and language variation have been enhanced and improved.

Trustworthy advice on controversies and conundrums in English usage is provided by the American Heritage Usage Panel, a group of 200 prominent users of the language. Under the leadership of Steven Pinker, preeminent researcher on language and the mind, the Panel passes judgment on both new and longstanding usage problems. No other dictionary offers such discerning and helpful guidance on issues of usage, grammar, and style.

 

Lois Lowry
Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry was born in Hawaii and grew up in New York, Pennsylvania, and Japan. After several years at Brown University, she turned to her family and to writing. She is the author of more than thirty books for young adults, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, Number the Stars and The Giver. Ms. Lowry now divides her time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine.

Photo Credit: Andrew Brilliant

Steve Kleinedler
Steve Kleinedler

Steve Kleinedler

Steve Kleinedler is Supervising Editor of the American Heritage Dictionary, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. On staff for almost 14 years, Steve has worked as an editor on dozens of titles, including The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, and the related titles in the AHD series (College, High School, Student, Children's, and First). Steve is a board member of the Dictionary Society of North America. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Northwestern University in 1989 in linguistics, and he attended the University of Chicago as a graduate student in linguistics, focusing on pragmatics and lexicography, leaving ABD upon employment at Houghton Mifflin in 1997. In addition to his work with the American Heritage Dictionary, Steve is an instructor and director at ImprovBoston and was a founding member of Shattered Globe Theatre in Chicago.

Steven Pinker
Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker is the Harvard College Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. A two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and the winner of many awards for his research, teaching, and books, he has been named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World Today and Foreign Policy's 100 Global Thinkers.

Wendy Kaminer
Wendy Kaminer

Wendy Kaminer

Wendy Kaminer, a lawyer and social critic, writes about law, liberty, feminism, religion, and popular culture. Her latest book is Worst Instincts: Cowardice, Conformity and the ACLU, (Beacon Press.) A former Guggenheim fellow and recipient of the Smith College Medal, she is the author of seven previous books, including Free for All: Defending Liberty in America Today; Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials: The Rise of Irrationalism and Perils of Piety; True Love Waits: Essays and Criticism; It’s All the Rage: Crime and Culture; I’m Dysfunctional, You’re Dysfunctional: The Recovery Movement & Other Self-Help Fashions; and A Fearful Freedom: Women’s Flight from Equality.

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