Contribute to the Oxford English Dictionary!

Are you a logophile? Is epeolatry your thing? Then you might be interested in this free webinar from Oxford University Press on Thursday, November 29th about building dictionaries using crowdsourcing.

As part of the celebrations of the Oxford English Dictionary’s 90th birthday (, we will be having a live session about how crowdsourcing can be used to build dictionaries.

Dr Sarah Ogilvie, Director of Global Partnerships at Oxford Dictionaries, Oxford University Press, will be speaking about how you can get involved in collecting words for the OED.

Join us to find out how a dictionary is created: now and in the past, without the help of technology.

Follow a word’s journey until it is included in the dictionary, the reasons behind it, and why some words will never make it.

Focusing especially on the language of young people today, she will be showing how words are collected for the iGen Language project (, a Stanford University research initiative which aims to collect and analyse the language of people who have never known the world without the internet: the iGeneration, Generation Z, or digital natives.

This session will cover:
• How to crowdsource and sort out data to build dictionaries
• Case study: the iGen Language project
• The new OED words appeal: Youth words (
• Q&A session – bring your questions or send them to Sarah in advance:

Who is this session for?
Anyone who is interested in…
• Knowing more about how dictionaries are put together
• Lexicography and language in general
• The iGen Language Project
• The new Youth words appeal
• The history of the OED

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