LINGUIST List 15.660

Sun Feb 22 2004

Calls: Text/Corpus Ling/Discourse Analysis/Hawaii, USA

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  1. Kevin Crowston, Minitrack on Genre of Digital Documents, Hawai'i: International Conference on System Science

Message 1: Minitrack on Genre of Digital Documents, Hawai'i: International Conference on System Science

Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2004 07:50:44 -0500
From: Kevin Crowston <>
Subject: Minitrack on Genre of Digital Documents, Hawai'i: International Conference on System Science

Minitrack on Genre of Digital Documents, Hawai'i: International
Conference on System Science

Date: 03-Jan-2005 - 06-Jan-2005
Location: Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort, Big Island, HI, United
States of America
Contact: Kevin Crowston
Contact Email:
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Sub-field: Discourse Analysis, Sociolinguistics,
Text/Corpus Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 15-Jun-2004

Meeting Description:

Minitrack on Genre of Digital Documents, Hawai'i International
Conference on System Science. 3-6 January 2005. Hilton Waikoloa
Village Resort, Big Island, HI. Genres of Digital Documents Part of
the Digital Documents Track

Thirty-eighth Annual

January 3 - 6, 2005
Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort
on the Big Island of Hawaii

Additional detail may be found on HICSS primary web site:
Mirror sites: and

We invite papers for a Minitrack on Genres of Digital
Documents. Document genres are communicative actions with a socially
recognized communicative purpose and common aspects of form (such as
newsletters, FAQs, and homepages). Such genres are situated in complex
communicative practices; they are anchored in specific institutions
and processes and can be equally applicable to physical as well as
electronic documents. Recognizing the genre of a document is useful
because it makes communications more easily recognizable and
understandable by recipients and more easily generated by
senders. Thus, the study of genres, besides enhancing our
understanding of information searching and use, may also provide
insights into organizational or community structures.

As well, it is becoming increasingly clear that the successful use of
digital media requires the emergence of new or transformed genres of
digital communication. In a digital environment, documents have
functionality as well as form and content, but in many ways the
contextual clues by which functionality can be ascertained are
missing. For this reason, genre provides a certain fixity in
communication and becomes increasingly important in providing users a
resource for the interpretation of the content, role, and function of
a digital document.

Genre has been extensively studied in applied linguistics, e.g., as an
element in language instruction (e.g., Henry and Roseberry 2001;
Flowerdew and Dudley-Evans 2002; Sidler 2002). It is also of concern
in corpus linguistics, as research attempt to identify and balance the
contents of corpa across genres (e.g., Mauranen 1998). Genre has been
studied as a socio-linguistic phenomena since the genres used provide
insight into the structure and organization of a community (e.g.,
Miller 1984; Bazerman 1995; Askehave and Swales 2001). Finally,
researchers in computational linguistics have developed systems to
automatically classify documents by genre based on linguistic features
(e.g., Karlgren and Cutting 1994; Kessler, Nunberg et al. 1997;
Stamatatos, Fakotakis et al. 2000). 

Suggested topics for the Minitrack include:

o Issues in the transformation of print genres to digital form
o The evolution of genres of digital documents
o Genre theory and its application to digital documents
o Emergent genres
o Investigations of genre in use
o Analyses of particular document genres
o Genres in digital search and classification
o Genres in non-text digital documents
o Genres for electronic commerce
o Designing systems in support of and using genre

March 31, 2004 
Authors contact Minitrack Chairs for guidance and indication of
appropriate content.

June 15, 2004
Authors submit full papers to the appropriate Minitrack following
format and submission instructions on the web site.

August 15, 2004 
Minitrack Chairs send Acceptance/Rejection notices to Authors.

October 1, 2004 
Authors submit Final Version of paper electronically to publisher. At
least one author of each paper must register by this date to attend
the conference to present the paper.

December 1, 2004
Deadline to guarantee your hotel room reservation at the conference

- HICSS papers must contain original material not previously
published, or currently submitted elsewhere.
- Consult the conference website for the listing and description of
Minitracks for HICSS-38.
- Contact the Minitrack Chair(s) by email for guidance and
verification of appropriate content.
- Do not submit the manuscript to more than one Minitrack Chair. If
unsure of which Minitrack is appropriate, submit abstract to the Track
Chair for guidance.
- Submit your full paper according to the detailed formatting and
submission instructions found on the HICSS website. Note: All papers
will be submitted in double column publication format and limited to
10 pages including diagrams and references.

* Collaboration Systems and Technology - Co-Chair: Jay Nunamaker;
E-mail:; Co-Chair: Robert O. Briggs;
* Complex Systems - Chair: Robert Thomas; E-mail:
* Decision Technologies for Management - Chair: Dan Dolk; E-mail:
* Digital Documents and the Media - Chair: Michael Shepherd; E-mail:
* Emerging Technologies -Chair: Ralph H. Sprague; E-mail:
* Information Technology in Health Care - Chair: William Chismar;
* Internet & the Digital Economy - Co-Chair: David King; E-mail: Co-Chair: Alan Dennis; E-mail:
* Organizational Systems & Technology - Chair: Hugh Watson; Email:
* Software Technology - Chair: Gul Agha; E-mail:

HICSS conferences are devoted to advances in the information,
computer, and system sciences, and encompass developments in both
theory and practice. Invited papers may be theoretical, conceptual,
tutorial or descriptive in nature. Submissions undergo a peer referee
process and those selected for presentation will be published in the
Conference Proceedings. Submissions must not have been previously

For the latest information; visit the HICSS web site at: or the mirror sites : and

Ralph Sprague, Conference Chair 

Sandra Laney, Conference Administrator

Eileen Robichaud Dennis, Track Administrator

Hilton Waikoloa Village (on the Big Island of Hawaii)
425 Waikoloa Beach Drive
Waikoloa, Hawaii 96738
Tel: 1-808-886-1234
Fax: 1-808-886-2900
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