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LINGUIST List 20.3209

Tue Sep 22 2009

Calls: General Ling, Computational Ling, Discipline of Ling/France

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        1.    Mai Ho-dac, Signalling Text Organisation

Message 1: Signalling Text Organisation
Date: 22-Sep-2009
From: Mai Ho-dac <mad2010univ-tlse2.fr>
Subject: Signalling Text Organisation
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Full Title: Signalling Text Organisation
Short Title: MAD10

Date: 17-Mar-2010 - 20-Mar-2010
Location: Moissac / Midi-pyrénées, France
Contact Person: Marie-Paule Péry-Woodley
Meeting Email: mad2010univ-tlse2.fr
Web Site: http://w3.workshop-mad2010.univ-tlse2.fr/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Discipline of Linguistics;
General Linguistics; Psycholinguistics

Call Deadline: 19-Oct-2009

Meeting Description:

MAD10 (Multidisciplinary Approaches to Discourse 2010) aims at bringing together
researchers from different disciplines (linguistics, computational linguistics,
psycholinguistics, educational and cognitive psychology, ergonomics and document
design, semiotics, information and communication sciences, typography, etc.) to
exchange information and learn from each other on the common topic of
investigation: 'Signalling text organisation'.

Call for Papers

Signalling text organisation refers to the observation that within texts,
certain features or elements seem to have a special instructional role with
regard to text organisation. These text organisation signalling devices have
been described under a variety of names: signals, structure indicators, advance
organisers, discourse markers, layout properties, surface structure features,
organisational cues, stylistic writing devices and so on. Their scope ranges
from a very local level to a more global one.

Different disciplines have taken an interest in these devices, either as a core
object of study or as an element to be taken into account. As a consequence,
research concerned with the signalling of text organisation is far from
constituting a unified field. The notion of signal itself may be associated with
different key concepts according to discipline and models: document structure,
discourse organisation, layout structure, text architecture, etc. As far as
function is concerned, they may be seen as discourse construction devices,
traces of metalinguistic segments, as reading or processing instructions, as
traces of the writer's cognitive processes, or as cues revealing the author's
intentions, etc.

Since the 1970's, research into the signalling of text organisation has produced
considerable results. The environment for this research is at present undergoing
a twofold transformation: firstly, new methods are appearing, linked to
technological advances (corpus linguistics, natural language processing, eye
movement recording techniques for the analysis of cognitive processes during
reading, etc.); secondly, new fields of application are opening (in connection
with the expanding use of digital documents in the professional and educational
worlds). In this new context, novel research questions open up, requiring the
integration of contributions from different disciplines or fields of study.

We invite extended abstracts in PDF format. Abstracts must not exceed ten pages
(including figures but not references), using Times 12 pt font, 1.5 line
spacing, with 2 cm margins on all sides. All abstracts will be reviewed by
members of the program committee. For final versions of accepted abstracts,
precise formatting instructions will be issued. Each talk will last 30 minutes,
followed by 10 minutes discussion.

With previous workshops in the series, selected papers have later been published
in special issues of journals or as an edited volume in a relevant series1
(http://discours.revues.org/index5842.html). We are planning on following this
approach for MAD 2010 as well. For additional information, please contact
(mad2010univ-tlse2.fr ), CLLE, UMR 5263.
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