B. T. S. Atkins
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Beryl T. ("Sue") Atkins has been a professional lexicographer since 1966, first with Collins Publishers (now HarperCollins), where she was General Editor of the first 'modern' English-French dictionary, the Collins-Robert English-French Dictionary, then as Lexicographic Adviser to Oxford University Press, where she pioneered methodology for the creation of bilingual dictionaries from corpus data, ultimately resulting in the Oxford-Hachette English-French Dictionary. Among her most important contributions to corpus linguistics, Sue Atkins originated the idea of the British National Corpus.
Among her honors, are an honorary DLitt by the University of Brighton (2000), UK, for services to lexicography and linguistics; a festschrift (2002) published by EURALEX to mark her contribution to international lexicography, and an honorary DLitt by the University of Pretoria (2008) for significant contributions to the development of lexicographic practices worldwide and in particular for the African languages in South Africa. She is also Past President and Honorary Life Member of the European Association for Lexicography (EURALEX).
Sue Atkins currently teaches and consults in lexicography, and participates in national and international research projects in the field of computational lexicography. She is a Lexicographic Adviser to the FrameNet project at the International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley, California, and a member of the Advisory Board of the American National Corpus, and the International Journal of Lexicography.
Among her most widely cited papers is "Predictable Meaning Shift: Some Linguistic Properties of Lexical Implication Rules", published in 1991. The colloquial quip, "to verbize one's nouns", would be an example of a lexical implication rule.
She is the author, with Michael Rundell, of The Oxford Guide to Practical Lexicography (2008), and, with Tom McArthur, of the Dictionary of English Phrasal Verbs and their Idioms (1974).
- Ostler, Nicholas; Atkins, B. T. S. (1991). "Predictable Meaning Shift: Some Linguistic Properties of Lexical Implication Rules". Proceedings of the First SIGLEX Workshop on Lexical Semantics and Knowledge Representation (Springer-Verlag) 627: 87–100. doi:10.1007/3-540-55801-2_29.
- Tom McArthur, Living Words: Language, Lexicography and the Knowledge Revolution (University of Exeter Press, 1998: ISBN 0-85989-620-X), p. 178.
- International Journal of Lexicography
- British National Corpus website
- VIEW query interface for the BNC
- Lexicography and Natural Language Processing: A Festschrift in Honour of B.T.S. Atkins at euralex.org