LINGUIST List 4.762

Mon 27 Sep 1993

Calls: Japanese Linguistics, Computer-mediated communication

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Message 1: MIT Conference on Formal Approaches ...

Date: Fri, 24 Sep 93 14:51:43 EDMIT Conference on Formal Approaches ...
From: <mkoizumiMIT.EDU>
Subject: MIT Conference on Formal Approaches ...

MIT Conference on Formal Approaches to Japanese Linguistics

First Announcement

The Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT will host
the conference, Formal Approaches to Japanese Linguistics, on
May 13-15, 1994. Call for Abstracts will go out at the end of
November 1993, with the deadline of beginning of February 1994.
Proceedings of the conference will be distributed by the MIT
Working Papers in Linguistics.
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Message 2: Computer-mediated communication

Date: Sun, 26 Sep 93 03:10:24 CDComputer-mediated communication
From: Susan Herring <>
Subject: Computer-mediated communication



As an outgrowth of a panel presented at the 4th International
Pragmatics Conference in Kobe, Japan on "Cultural and
Linguistic Aspects of Computer-Mediated Communication", a
volume is being prepared for publication in the _Pragmatics
and Beyond_ series by John Benjamins Publishing Company. The
goal of the volume is to bring together the best in current
research on CMC as a social, cultural and linguistic
phenomenon. Contributions should be empirically-oriented
(that is, based on observation of actual CMC) and focused
primarily on language and communication (rather than on
technological aspects or secondary applications of the medium).
A partial list of suggested topics is included below:

 - the linguistic description of CMC -- spoken-like?
 written-like? effects on grammar, orthographic and
 graphic representation, discourse, register, style

 - CMC genres -- e-mail, bulletin boards (BBS), discussion
 lists, interactive relay chat (IRC), 'talk' modes,
 multi-user dungeons (MUDs), etc.

 - CMC and social interaction -- dynamics of on-line
 communities, politeness/rudeness, humor, harassment,
 computer sex

 - CMC use by dominant and non-dominant groups -- gender,
 ethnicity, status, special interests

 - CMC in countries outside the U.S.; cross-cultural CMC

 - CMC in institutional settings -- business, government,

 - children's CMC

Papers surveying a topic or reporting on a large-scale ongoing
project are also welcome.

To be considered for inclusion in the volume, prospective
authors should submit to the volume editor the following:

1) A 300-500 word abstract clearly outlining the problem,
data, methodology, and conclusions of the research to be
reported on in the paper, and

2) A short biographical statement (no longer than 300 words)
indicating previous CMC research and/or relevant experience.
(An abridged curriculum vita may be substituted for the
biographical statement.)

Submissions can be sent via e-mail, snail-mail or fax to
the volume editor at the address below:

 Prof. Susan Herring
 Program in Linguistics
 University of Texas
 Arlington, TX 76019 USA
fax: (817) 273-2731

The deadline for receipt of abstracts and biographical statements
is November 1, 1993. However, earlier submissions are welcomed.

After the abstracts have been reviewed, the author of each
abstract selected will be issued an invitation to contribute
a full-length article to the volume, along with a set of
guidelines for its preparation. The tentative deadline for the
receipt of completed camera-ready manuscripts will be February 1,
1994, with an anticipated publication date early in 1995.

Address any questions, comments, or suggestions to Susan Herring

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