14.470, Calls: Conversation/Postgraduate Ling

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Subject: 14.470, Calls: Conversation/Postgraduate Ling

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Date:  Sun, 16 Feb 2003 23:42:50 +0000
From:  herring at indiana.edu
Subject:  Persistent Conversation, HI USA

Date:  Mon, 17 Feb 2003 07:15:52 +0000
From:  watsonk at edgehill.ac.uk
Subject:  Manchester Postgraduate Linguistics Conference, UK

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Date:  Sun, 16 Feb 2003 23:42:50 +0000
From:  herring at indiana.edu
Subject:  Persistent Conversation, HI USA

5th Annual Workshop and Minitrack on Persistent Conversation

Short Title: Persistent Conversation
Location: Big Island, Hawaii, United States of America
Date: 05-Jan-2004 - 08-Jan-2004
Call Deadline: 01-Jun-2003

Web Site: http://www.pliant.org/personal/Tom_Erickson/HICSS37pc.html
Contact Person: Susan Herring
Meeting Email: herring at indiana.edu
Linguistic Subfield(s): Discourse Analysis

Meeting Description:

on the Big Island of Hawaii,
January 5 - 8, 2004

*** AT-A-GLANCE ***

TOPIC AREA: Conversation via digital media, such as email, chat, IM,
texting, blogs, web boards, mailing lists, 3-D VR, multimedia computer
mediated communication, etc. The focus of work may range from the
analysis of structural characteristics of conversation such as
turn-taking and threading, to the use of digital conversation in
domains such as distance learning, knowledge management, and workplace

WHO: Researchers and designers from fields such as anthropology,
computer-mediated communication, HCI, interaction design, linguistics,
psychology, rhetoric, sociology, and so forth.

- Thomas Erickson, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
- Susan Herring, School of Library and Information Science,
  Indiana University

- Abstract submission - Monday, March 17, 2003
- Abstract feedback - by Monday, March 31, 2003
- Paper submission - Sunday, June 1, 2003
- Accept/Reject notice - Sunday, August 31, 2003
- Final papers due - Wednesday, October 1, 2003

*** DETAILS ***


This interdisciplinary minitrack and workshop brings designers and
researchers together to explore persistent conversation, the
transposition of ordinarily ephemeral conversation into the
potentially persistent digital medium. The phenomena of interest
include human-to-human interactions carried out using chat, instant
messaging, text messaging, email, mailing lists, news groups, bulletin
board systems, textual and graphic MUDs, structured conversation
systems, document annotation systems, etc.  Computer-mediated
conversations blend characteristics of oral conversation with those of
written text: they may be synchronous or asynchronous; their audience
may be small or vast; they may be highly structured or almost
amorphous; etc.  The persistence of such conversations gives them the
potential to be searched, browsed, replayed, annotated, visualized,
restructured, and recontextualized, thus opening the door to a variety
of new uses and practices.

The particular aim of the minitrack and workshop is to bring together
researchers who analyze existing computer-mediated conversational
practices and sites, with designers who propose, implement, or deploy
new types of conversational systems. By bringing together participants
from such diverse areas as anthropology, computer-mediated
communication, HCI, interaction design, linguistics, psychology,
rhetoric, sociology, and the like, we hope that the work of each may
inform the others, suggesting new questions, methods, perspectives,
and design approaches.

We are seeking papers that address one or both of the following
two general areas:

* Understanding Practice. The burgeoning popularity of the internet
(and intranets) provides an opportunity to study and characterize new
forms of conversational practice. Questions of interest range from how
various features of conversations (e.g., turn-taking, topic
organization, expression of paralinguistic information) have adapted
in response to the digital medium, to new roles played by persistent
conversation in domains such as education, business, and

* Design. Digital systems do not currently support conversation well:
it is difficult to converse with grace, clarity, depth and coherence
over networks. But this need not remain the case.  Toward this end, we
welcome analyses of existing systems as well as designs for new
systems which better support conversation.  Also of interest are
inquiries into how participants design their own conversations within
the digital medium -- that is, how they make use of system features to
create, structure, and regulate their discourse.

Examples of appropriate topics include, but are not limited to:

- Turn-taking, threading and other structural features of CMC
- The dynamics of large scale conversation systems (e.g. USENET)
- Methods for summarizing or visualizing conversation archives
- Studies of virtual communities or other sites of digital talk
- The roles of mediated conversation in knowledge management
- Studies of the use of instant messaging in large organizations
- Novel designs for computer-mediated conversation systems
- Analyses of or designs for distance learning systems

For other examples of appropriate topics see the list of previous
years' papers:


The minitrack will be preceded by a half-day workshop. The workshop
will provide a background for the sessions and set the stage for a
dialog between researchers and designers that will continue during the
minitrack. The minitrack co-chairs will select in advance a publicly
accessible CMC site, which each author will be asked to analyze,
critique, redesign, or otherwise examine using their disciplinary
tools and techniques before the workshop convenes; the workshop will
include presentations and discussions of the participants'
examinations of the site and its content. The workshop is primarily
intended for minitrack authors, although other participants are
welcome provided they are willing to prepare for it as described

1. Submit a 250 word abstract of your proposed paper via email to
the chairs: Tom Erickson <snowfall at acm.org>, Susan Herring
<herring at indiana.edu> by the deadline noted above.

2. We will send you feedback on the suitability of your abstract
shortly thereafter.

1. Manuscripts should be 22-26 double-spaced pages, including
diagrams, in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat format. The final
paper will be 10 pages, double-column, single-spaced.

2. Each paper must have a title page that includes the title of
the paper, full name of all authors, and complete addresses
including affiliation(s), telephone number(s), and e-mail

3. The first page of the manuscript should include the title and
a 300-word abstract of the paper.

4. Papers should contain original material and not be previously
published, or currently submitted for consideration elsewhere.

5. Do not submit the same manuscript to more than one Minitrack.

6. Papers should be submitted by email, to the minitrack chairs:
Tom Erickson <snowfall at acm.org>, Susan Herring <herring at indiana.edu>
by the deadline noted above.


Since 1968 the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
(HICSS) has become a respected a forum for the substantive interchange
of ideas in all areas of information systems and technology. The
objective of HICSS is to provide a unique environment in which
researchers and practitioners in the information, computer and system
sciences can frankly exchange and discuss their research ideas,
techniques and applications.  Comments and feedback from each HICSS
conference indicate that the conference format continues to be
professionally rewarding and stimulating to everyone who attends. More
information about the HICSS conference can be found at

Conference Administration:
- Ralph Sprague, Conference Chair, sprague at hawaii.edu
- Sandra Laney, Conference Administrator, hicss at hawaii.edu
- Eileen Dennis, Track Administrator, eidennis at indiana.edu

2003 Conference Venue:
       Hilton Waikoloa Village (on the Big Island of Hawaii)
       425 Waikoloa Beach Drive
       Waikoloa, Hawaii 96738
       Tel: 1-808-886-1234
       Fax: 1-808-886-2900

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Date:  Mon, 17 Feb 2003 07:15:52 +0000
From:  watsonk at edgehill.ac.uk
Subject:  Manchester Postgraduate Linguistics Conference, UK

12th Manchester Postgraduate Linguistics Conference

Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Date: 12-APR-03 - 12-APR-03

Call Deadline: 21-Feb-2003

Web Site: http://www.nwcl.salford.ac.uk
Contact Person: Kevin Watson
Meeting Email: watsonk at edgehill.ac.uk
Linguistic Subfield(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The 12th Postgraduate Linguistics Conference at the University of Manchester
In collaboration with the North West Centre for Linguistics
And with the support of the LAGB

University of Manchester

(Deadline for Abstracts: 21 Feb 2003)

Guest Speaker: Robyn Carston

We are delighted to announce that the 12th Postgraduate Linguistics
Conference at the University of Manchester will be held on the 12
April 2003, following the 3rd NWCL Research Training Programme in
Linguistics (see http://www.nwcl.salford.ac.uk/research.htm). The
conference is organized by postgraduates for postgraduates, to present
their research and exchange ideas.

There will be a number of papers (20 minutes plus 5 minutes for
discussion) on a wide range of linguistic topics, and a guest lecture
by Robyn Carston of UCL (see below).

We welcome submissions from all postgraduates in any area of
linguistics, from phonetics and phonology, to syntax, to
sociolinguistics.  Please see the 'Guidelines for Submission' below.

The proceedings of the conference will be published in the Papers in
Linguistics of the University of Manchester (PLUM).

The conference will be followed by a wine party hosted by the NWCL,
and so we invite you to join us for a farewell drink at the end of the
day (or week, for those of you who will have been to the NWCL Research
Training Programme).

Registration fee only 7UKP
**No registration fee for students from NWCL institutions***


The guest speaker for the 12th Postgraduate Linguistics Conference
will be Robyn Carston, of UCL.  Robyn is the author of many papers on
the implicit/explicit distinction, pragmatics & cognition, the
interface between pragmatics & grammar, and others, and is an editor
of Mind & Language.  She is also the author of the very recent book
'Thoughts and Utterances: The Pragmatics of Explicit Communication'
(2002, Oxford: Blackwell).  The title of the lecture will be announced
in due course.  See the conference website for further information.


You should submit 1 electronic copy (anonymous) and 1 hard copy
(containing your name and affiliation).  Send the electronic copy (as
.doc, .rtf, or .pdf) to watsonk at edgehill.ac.uk, and mail the hard copy
to Kevin Watson, North West Centre for Linguistics, School of
Languages, University of Salford, Salford, Greater Manchester, M5 4WT


Abstracts should be no longer than 1 side of A4, and in Times New
Roman font (size 12pt). Your page should have 3cm margins on each
side.  The title, author's name and affiliation should be in size 14pt
(Times New Roman) and centred on the lines at the top of the page.
Please note that your name and affiliation should be left off the
version you email to us, as this will be distributed amongst the
refereeing committee.

Abstracts should reach us by 21st February 2003
You will be notified whether your abstract has been successful by the
14th March 2003.

Conference fee: 7UKP
No fee for students from NWCL institutions

To register, download the registration form from the NWCL website
(http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgconf.htm) and send, with your payment if
applicable (with cheques made payable to University of Manchester) to
Kevin Watson, North West Centre for Linguistics, School of Languages,
University of Salford, Salford, M5 4WT.

24th March 2003

***NB: There was a mistake on the first calls for papers - the actual
final date for registration is the 24th March, not the 2nd March as
previously stated.***

Follow the link to the 12th Manchester PG Conference

watsonk at edgehill.ac.uk


Main contact for correspondence:
Kevin Watson, Edge Hill College of Higher Education
(watsonk at edgehill.ac.uk)

Main local organizers:
Francesco Goglia, University of Manchester (francant at yahoo.com)
Efrosini Deligianni, University of Manchester (efrosini_ at hotmail.com)

Conference organizers:

Aousouk Mohammed Ali, University of Wales Bangor (elpa1a at bangor.ac.uk)
Kelly Pycroft, University of Sheffield (kellypycroft at hotmail.com)
Dave Mcgrath Wilkinson, University of Central Lancashire
(dmcgrathwilkinson at btinternet.com)
Sattar Izwaini, UMIST (sattar.izwaini at student.umist.ac.uk)			

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