LINGUIST List 13.138

Mon Jan 21 2002

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Applied Ling

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  1. Susan Herring, CFP: Discourse Architectures
  2. Jmdewaele, Call for papers: Emotions in FL

Message 1: CFP: Discourse Architectures

Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2002 02:14:47 -0600 (CST)
From: Susan Herring <>
Subject: CFP: Discourse Architectures


 Discourse Architectures:
 Designing and Visualizing
 Computer-Mediated Conversation

- 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

- Thomas Erickson,
 IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

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

- Warren Sack,
 School of Information Management and Systems, UC Berkeley


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

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

1. Submit a position paper of no more than six pages. The paper should 
(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
(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 of 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 most welcome.

- On the workshop: contact the organizers
- On CHI 2002:
- For a web-based version of this CFP:

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Message 2: Call for papers: Emotions in FL

Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2002 06:45:16 EST
From: Jmdewaele <>
Subject: Call for papers: Emotions in FL


I am looking for applied linguists or psychologists willing to
contribute to the Panel 'Communicating emotions in a foreign language'
which I am convening at the EUROSLA 12 Conference (University of
Basel, Switzerland, 18-21 September 2002)

I'll present some findings based on the webquestionnaire with 34
questions on bilingualism and emotions which was recently advertised
on this list (

Aneta Pavlenko and Eric Kellerman have provisionally accepted to
present a paper.

If you are interested in presenting a paper in the panel (20 minutes
of presentation plus 10 minutes for discussion), could you please send
me by email in the next few days, the title of the paper, name and
affiliation of the author(s), an abstract of 300 words, followed by
the author's po stal and email addresses.

Dr. Jean-Marc Dewaele
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