call for manuscripts: Computer-mediated conversation analysis

Susan Herring susan at UTAFLL.UTA.EDU
Wed Jul 31 04:29:55 UTC 1996


                   Call for Manuscripts:


High-quality manuscripts are solicited for an edited
collection on the topic of COMPUTER-MEDIATED CONVERSATION,
to be published by a major publisher.  This will be the first
book devoted entirely to linguistic and conversation analytic
approaches to computer-mediated communication.


Contributions may analyze any genre of verbal exchange that
takes place via computer networks, including private e-mail,
Listserv discussion groups, bulletin board systems, computer
conferencing systems, chat, MUDs and MOOs, and multi-media
systems.  Contributions should report empirical, data-driven
research carried out using conversation analysis or other
discourse analysis methods.  Possible areas of focus include
topic development, floor management, turn taking, speech
acts and act sequences, use of discourse markers, politeness
strategies, framing, etc.  In addition, all contributions
should address in some way the question:  to what extent are
the observed properties of the discourse conditioned by the
computer medium, and to what extent do they reflect social
or other factors that may also be present in face-to-face

Submission information:

Manuscripts should be 15-25 single-spaced pages in length,
including references and appendices, and should follow the
formatting style of Oxford University Press's Sociolinguistics
series (for example, Deborah Tannen's _Framing in Discourse_,
published in 1993).  Submissions should be in the form of
a hard copy plus a 3 1/2" Macintosh-readable diskette
containing the file saved in its original format, as well
as in MS Word for Macintosh (version 4 or 5).  The hard
copy and the diskette should be mailed to the volume editor,
Susan Herring, at the following address:

        Susan Herring
        Program in Linguistics
        University of Texas
        Arlington, TX  76019  USA


Oxford University Press has expressed interest in the
project, and is requesting a preliminary version of the
book manuscript for purposes of evaluation.  In the
interest of assembling a preliminary manuscript so as to
secure a publisher as early as possible, authors are
requested to submit their manuscripts to the volume
editor by September 15, 1996.

Interested potential authors who are undertaking relevant
research, but who do not yet have a written mansucript,
have the option of first submitting a 500-word abstract
describing the problem, the data, the methods of analysis
used, and the findings of their proposed article.  On the
basis of an evaluation of the abstracts, authors may be
invited to submit a complete manuscript for inclusion in
the volume.  In such cases, the successful abstracts will
be included in the preliminary manuscript that is sent to
the publishers, and those authors will have until
November 1, 1996 to submit a complete version of their
chapter to the volume editor.  Abstracts should be
e-mailed to the editor as soon as possible, but in any
event no later than September 15.

Early submissions of both manuscripts and abstracts are

About the editor:

Susan Herring is an Associate Professor of Linguistics
at the Unviersity of Texas at Arlington who has published
numerous articles on computer-mediated communication
since she first began presenting her research in this area
in 1992.  She is also the editor of an interdisciplinary
collection entitled _Computer-Mediated Communication:
Linguistic, Social and Cross-Cultural Perspectives_
(John Benjamins, 1996) and guest editor of a forthcoming
special issue of the _Electronic Journal of Communication_
on the topic of "Computer-Mediated Discourse Analysis".

For further information:

Inquiries regarding this project may be e-mailed to the
editor at susan at


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