Michael Rundell - linguist and lexicographer

Michael Rundell is a linguist and lexicographer. A dictionary editor since 1980, he has designed and managed numerous dictionary projects, and is a leader in the field of English pedagogical dictionaries. He is Editor-in-Chief of macmillandictionary.com, having started a dictionary development programme at Macmillan in the late 1990s. And he is Chief Lexicographic Officer of Lexical Computing Ltd, the company responsible for the Sketch Engine and the Lexicom training workshops.

He has been involved in the creation of several language corpora, including the BNC, and has been at the forefront of applying computational techniques to the analysis of corpus data and the automation of lexicographic tasks. He has published widely in the field of corpus-based lexicography, and is co-author (with Sue Atkins) of the Oxford Guide to Practical Lexicography. His interests now are in the implications for lexicography of the transfer of reference resources from print to digital media.

Michael is also well-known as a lecturer and trainer. He is one of the leaders of the regular Lexicom workshops, which he started in 2001 with Sue Atkins and Adam Kilgarriff. For many years they worked together as Lexicography MasterClass, providing training in lexicography and lexical computing, and project-management for several dictionary developers. With Atkins and Kilgarriff, he also developed and taught an MSc programme in Lexicography and Lexical Computing at the University of Brighton.

Michael Rundell’s career is bookended by two major revolutions in lexicography: the arrival of corpora in the early 1980s, and the transfer of reference resources from print to digital media. With the second of these revolutions still in its early stages, he finds himself on a new learning curve, as the nature of the dictionary business undergoes another transformation.

He is a founder member of EURALEX, and was a member of its Executive Board from 2006-2010. He is also on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Lexicography.

In 2013, Michael was awarded an honorary doctorate (D.Litt) by Coventry University “for his contribution to the description of the English language and to the field of pedagogical lexicography”.