LINGUIST List 5.793

Mon 11 Jul 1994


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  1. "Dr. G.A. Rudd", conf. and call C.P. Gilman
  2. Pemberton Lyn, cfp: Linguistics and CSCW

Message 1: conf. and call C.P. Gilman

Date: Tue, 5 Jul 1994 15:01:52 +conf. and call C.P. Gilman
From: "Dr. G.A. Rudd" <>
Subject: conf. and call C.P. Gilman



at University of Liverpool, U.K., 17th -19th July, 1995.

Invited speakers include:

Anne Cranny-Francis, Susan Gubar, Mary A. Hill, Ann J. Lane
Elaine Showalter and Sandra Gilbert.

Papers on any aspect of Gilman's work and life are welcome.

Full proposals for papers in the form of a 250-word abstract, with title
of paper, and details of name, address, institutional affiliation and status
should be submitted by August 31 1994 to:
Val Gough and Jill Rudd, Department of English Language and Literature,
University of Liverpool, P.O.Box 147, LIVERPOOL U.K. L69 3BX fax 051 794 2730.
or email
For mailing list write to the above address.

All speakers must register for the conference.
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Message 2: cfp: Linguistics and CSCW

Date: 10 Jul 1994 14:09:08 +0000cfp: Linguistics and CSCW
From: Pemberton Lyn <>
Subject: cfp: Linguistics and CSCW

Apologies in advance for multiple sightings of this announcement

************ SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS ***********



10 a.m. Tuesday 1st November
Department of Trade and Industry, Kingsgate House, 66-74 Victoria St, London

Organisers: John Connolly (Loughborough University of Technology)
and Lyn Pemberton (University of Brighton)

Computer -Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) is the name of a fairly new field
of study, which emerged in the 1980's and has been the focus of growing
interest in the 1990's. It is concerned with the scientific and
technological implications of the fact that when people are confronted with a
problem to solve or a task to accomplish, they frequently seek to achieve
their goal through collaboration with others. This cooperative method of
working, which is intrinsically based on the group rather than on the
individual, can often benefit from assistance which computer-based systems
are capable of providing. This technological support may take the form of
electronic mail, multi-author word processing packages, shared drawing
environments or any of number of other facilities. However, the design and
implementation of such systems (known collectively as 'groupware') raises a
whole host of unresolved issues, all of which fall within the purview of
CSCW. These issues involve a wide range of academic disciplines, including

As is widely acknowledged, an essential prerequisite to successful
cooperative working is communication among the participants in the task
concerned. Linguistics provides procedures for the analysis of verbal
communication, whether spoken or written, and hence immediately suggests
itself as a source of descriptive methods that may be fruitfully employed
in the study of the communication inherent in CSCW. However, linguistic
concepts can also be applied in other ways to CSCW technology, notably in
relation to the design of groupware-based systems. Furthermore, not only
is it feasible for Linguistics to cast light upon CSCW, but it is also
possible for our understanding of human language as a vehicle of
communication to be broadened and deepened through the investigation of its
use within CSCW activity.

The HCI (Human Computer Interface) Club of the DTI (Department of Trade and
Industry) has established a thriving Special Interest Group (SIG) devoted to
CSCW. One of the main activities of the SIG is to organise a series of
regular one-day conferences on topics of interest. (The papers presented at
these seminars are normally published, in revised form, as part of the
Springer-Verlag CSCW Book Series). The purpose o f the seminar to be held on
November 1 1994 is to explore and examine the relationship between
Linguistics and CSCW.

Among the various levels of linguistic analysis, so far it has been the
pragmatic layer that has attracted the most attention from the point of view
of CSCW. However, the other levels are equally relevant. So too are the
related subjects of Sociolinguistics,Anthropological Linguistics, Stylistics,
Quantitative Linguistics and Psycholinguistics. Papers on any of these
topics will be considered for inclusion in this seminar; and since the
bringing together of Linguistics and CSCW is a comparatively new idea, papers
may be submitted which deal either with actual or with potential

The seminar should appeal to members of the Linguistics community who
appreciate the potential for applying their subject in a new and exciting
technological domain; to members of the computational linguistic community
with an interest in language technology in relation to computer-mediated
communication and to members of the CSCW community with an interest in the
communicative interaction among co-operating partners. Furthermore, the
seminar should be attractive not only to academics pursuing research in the
above areas but also to members of the industrial and commercial community
who are interested in the implications of such research for the design of
marketable systems. It is hoped, therefore, that the seminar will lead to a
valuable exchange of ideas among individuals and groups from different
backgrounds, and that it will result in an enhanced, shared understanding of
the benefits of bringing together CSCW and the various applicable concepts
and methods from Linguistics.

Offers of papers concerned with any aspect of Linguistics (pure or hybrid!)
will be welcomed and should be sent to John Connolly (address below) to
arrive by Monday 1 August, 1994. Email submissions are acceptable. Typically
art a CSCW SIG meeting, a 20 minute slot is allocated to each presentation.
However, requests for slightly longer or shorter durations will be
considered, provided that these are received at the same time as the

Those who wish to attend but not present a paper should contact Patrick
Holligan (address below). They will then be sent particulars when these
become available. For security reasons, the DTI insist on the preregistration
of delegates. It is therefore essential that everyone who wishes to attend
should inform Mr Holligan beforehand.

Addresses : Dr.J.H. Connolly, Department of Computer Studies, Loughborough
University of Technology, Loughborough, Leics., LE11 3TU, U.K.

Telephone: 0509-222943
Fax: 0509-211586

Dr L. Pemberton: IT Research Institute, University of Brighton, Lewes Rd,
Brighton, BN2 4AT, UK.

Telephone: 0273 642916/2476
Fax: 0273 606 653

P.J. Holligan
Dept of Computer Studies
Loughborough University of Technology, Loughborough, Leics., LE11 3TU, U.K.

Telephone: 0509-222694
Fax: 0509-211586
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