LINGUIST List 12.2971

Wed Nov 28 2001

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  1. = Amparo Carbonell, CALL FOR PAPERS: XVII INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE ASSOCIATION OF YOUNG LINGUISTS
  2. Susan Herring, CFP: Coherence in CMC

Message 1: CALL FOR PAPERS: XVII INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE ASSOCIATION OF YOUNG LINGUISTS

Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 11:11:25 +0100
From: = Amparo Carbonell <alesonua.es>
Subject: CALL FOR PAPERS: XVII INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE ASSOCIATION OF YOUNG LINGUISTS



Dear colleague,

We are pleased to announce the XVIIth meeting of the Association of
Young Linguists to be held in Alicante, Spain, on April 2002.

Please find further information in English, Spanish, Catalan, Basque
and Gallician on our conference web-page:

http://www.ua.es/dfcat/trobada.htm

DEADLINE for the submission of abstracts: January 31th, 2002

Yours faithfully,


Sandra Montserrat
Conference Secretary
e.mail: Sandratorsimany.ua.es
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Message 2: CFP: Coherence in CMC

Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 17:58:29 -0600 (CST)
From: Susan Herring <susanling.uta.edu>
Subject: CFP: Coherence in CMC

 CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
 A CHI 2002 WORKSHOP

 Discourse Architectures:
 Designing and Visualizing
 Computer-Mediated Conversation



AT A GLANCE
- What: A Workshop on Designing and Visualizing CMC
- Where: CHI 2002, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- When:
 * Submission: Position paper and profile by January 25, 2002
 * Notification: Accept/Reject feedback by February 22, 2002
 * Workshop: Monday, April 21, 2002
- Organizers: Tom Erickson, Susan Herring, Warren Sack


ORGANIZERS
- Thomas Erickson, snowfallacm.org
 IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

- Susan Herring, herringindiana.edu
 School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University

- Warren Sack, sacksims.berkeley.edu
 School of Information Management and Systems, UC Berkeley


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

The goal of this workshop is to examine the issue of coherence in
computer-mediated (text-based) conversation (CMC), and how it can be
visualized graphically. Coherence, broadly defined, is that which in a
discourse connects utterances with utterances, utterances with people,
and people with other people. It is, in short, the "glue" of text and
conversation. Coherence is manifested in and through patterns of
message exchange (including turn-taking, threading, and
cross-posting), citation and other forms of intertextual reference,
and social networks. Visualizations of coherence phenomena take the
form of graphical user interfaces and graphical representations
produced by quantitative and/or qualitative analyses.

In this workshop, we will approach the issue of coherence from two
perspectives: design and analysis. As designers of CMC systems, we
often sense that computer-mediated conversation has a tendency towards
drift, dissolution and chaos, and that participants in CMC have to do
extra work to 'stay on course.' Therefore, we solicit approaches to
designing CMC systems that aim to support participants in achieving
coherence in their conversational interactions. We especially
encourage reports of novel CMC system designs that support coherence,
as well as analyses that visualize ways in which participants have
developed practices that support the achievement of coherence in
conventional CMC systems.

At the same time, as analysts, we recognize that computer-mediated
conversations are often not as chaotic as they appear to the untrained
eye. Coherence lurks below the surface, and we have developed a wide
range of analytical techniques for uncovering and explicating
it. Often these techniques involve diagrams or other graphical
representations of structure (among utterances, persons, groups, or
some combination of these). We solicit descriptions and demonstrations
of analytical techniques for representing coherence in CMC.

We use the phrase 'Discourse Architectures' as a rubric for both of
these perspectives. That is, we are interested both in the structure
or architecture *of* discourse (the ways in which the utterances which
form a conversation interrelate and build upon one another), and in
architectures *for* discourse (the ways in which CMC systems can be
designed to shape the conversation that takes place within them).

The basic premise underlying the workshop is that the understandings
of coherence developed by designers and researchers can usefully
inform one another. Analytical representations based on discourse
research and/or theory might, suitably modified, serve as interface
designs, and the interplay between graphical user interfaces and the
achievement of coherence by users might advance research
understandings.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
By January 25th, submit the following (preferably electronically):

1. Submit a position paper of no more than six pages. The paper should 
include:
(a) A discussion of your understanding of "coherence", as a theoretical 
 or analytical construct, or as a practical result of the use of 
 a CMC system.
(b) A description of your approach to analyzing or designing to
 support coherence, applied to a specific CMC system or data
 set.
(c) Examples of the graphical representations produced by your approach,
 and some discussion of what they reveal about or how they
 support coherence.

2. The position paper should include, as an appendix, a profile of 
 yourself consisting of:
(a) a short biography (no more than 250 words)
(b) the discipline(s) you are situated in
(c) a brief description of your relevant analytical and/or
 design work, with references (URLs preferred)
(d) a pointer to someone else's design or analysis that
 you think is interesting (URLs preferred)

3. Those from outside the HCI community should note that you are NOT
required to pay the conference registration fee if you only want to
attend the workshop. First-time attendees are welcome.


FOR MORE INFORMATION
- On the workshop: contact the organizers
- On CHI 2002: http://www.acm.org/chi2002/
- For a web-based version of this CFP:
http://www.pliant.org/personal/Tom_Erickson/DiscourseArch02CFP.html
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