MAD'01: second call for papers

Liesbeth Degand degand at EXCO.UCL.AC.BE
Thu Jan 4 13:56:52 UTC 2001


Apologies for multiple postings

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SECOND AND LAST CALL FOR PAPERS
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: January 15, 2001
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MAD'01: 4th International Workshop on Multidisciplinary Approaches to Discourse
Improving text: From text structure to text type

5-8 August 2001, Ittre (Belgium)
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The organisers of "Multidisciplinary Approaches to Discourse 2001" (MAD'01)
invite submissions for this workshop on (psycho)linguistic research of text
quality.
GOAL AND TOPICS:
The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers from different
disciplines, in particular theoretical and applied linguists, computational
linguists, and psycholinguists, to exchange information and learn from each
other on a common topic of investigation: text and discourse. More
specifically, the question to be addressed is "What makes a good text
good?" Text quality depends upon many factors and can in itself be
considered a complex concept (what is good for one aspect of the text need
not benefit other aspects). In order to make real advances in the domains
of text quality and document design, it is necessary to combine results
from both theoretical (linguistics) and experimental (psychology) research.
We encourage submissions related to but not limited to the following topics:
READER PROPERTIES
- How does the reader's background knowledge interact with the structure
and wording of the document?
- What is the impact of the age, socio-cultural background, educational
level of the reader on the use of textual properties?
TEXT TYPE/GENRE PROPERTIES
- Which text types come with which textual properties?
- What is the impact of genre on text processing?
- Do similar text types have similar properties in different languages?
- What is the role of the text type on acquiring writing proficiency?
MACROSTRUCTURE
- How can a document's macrostructure be put to use in areas like text
summarisation and in predicting memory for a text?
- How is the macrostructure signalled linguistically?
- What is the relation between a text's macrostructure and the flow of
information in a document?
MICROSTRUCTURE
- How is the microstructure of a text signalled linguistically?
- What kind of coherence relations are there?
- How can they be grouped?
- How are they acquired, in first language and in second language learning?
PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS
- What is the impact of poorly written documents on such topics as the
ability of users to install or operate their VCR or on the ability to fill
in their tax form?
- What is the influence of badly designed documents on a company's image?
- How can one strike a balance between the organisation's objectives and
the client's needs?
PRESENTATIONS
In order to keep a small-scale intensive workshop, only 20 presentations
will be accepted at the workshop. The presentation slots will be 30 minutes
long with 15 minutes discussion. The conference language is English. All
accepted papers will appear in the form of proceedings before the Workshop.
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
In addition to the 20 presentations, there will be four keynote lectures.
Keynote speakers are:
Francis Cornish, Equipe de Recherche en Syntaxe et Sémantique, Université
de Toulouse le Mirail
Donia Scott, Information Technology Research Institute, University of
Brighton
Patricia Wright, School of Psychology, Cardiff University
Rolf Zwaan, Psychology Department, Florida State University
SUBMISSIONS, ACCOMMODATION, REGISTRATION, PROGRAMME, ...
For up-to-date information on all matters concerning the workshop, please
check the MAD website:
http://www.exco.ucl.ac.be/ld/MAD/mad-presentation.htm
If the information you need is not yet available, feel free to contact the
organisers.
Liesbeth Degand, coordinator (degand at exco.ucl.ac.be)
Yves Bestgen (bestgen at exco.ucl.ac.be)
Véronique De Keyser (vdekeyser at ulg.ac.be)
Jon Oberlander (jon at cogsci.ed.ac.uk)
Wilbert Spooren (w.spooren at let.vu.nl)
Luuk Van Waes (Luuk.VanWaes at ufsia.ac.be)
ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE
MAD'01
Att. of Liesbeth Degand
Université catholique de Louvain
PSP/EXPE/EXCO
Place du Cardinal Mercier, 10
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
Belgium
IMPORTANT DATES
15 January 2001: Abstract submission
30 March 2001: Notification of acceptance
31 May 2001: Deadline submission of revised papers

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