[Corpora-List] [TEI-list] 1st Call for Paper : Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Signalling Text Organisation - MAD'10

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First Call for Papers

8th International Workshop on Multidisciplinary Approaches to Discourse 2010 (MAD'10):


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* Multidisciplinary Perspectives on *

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* Signalling Text Organisation *

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March 17-20, 2010, Moissac, France


Multidisciplinary Approaches to Discourse 2010 (MAD 10) is the eighth in a series of small-scale, high-quality workshops that have been organised (approx.) every second year since 1995. Its aim is to bring together researchers from different disciplines (linguistics, computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, educational and cognitive psychology, ergonomics and document design, semiotics, information and communication sciences, typography, etc.) to exchange information and learn from each other on a common topic of investigation.

The theme of MAD 2010 is: Signalling Text Organisation. It is organised by CLLE (Cognition, Langues, Langage, Ergonomie), University of Toulouse.

"Signalling text organisation" refers to the observation that within texts, certain features or elements seem to have a special instructional role with regard to text organisation. These text organisation signalling devices have been described under a variety of names: signals, structure indicators, advance organisers, discourse markers, layout properties, surface structure features, organisational cues, stylistic writing devices and so on. Their scope ranges from a very local level to a more global one. Their nature is also very diverse:

* linguistic: words (e.g. connectives), phrases (e.g. emphasis phrases), sentences (meta-discourse sentences) and beyond (overviews, summaries);

* graphic: typographical and spatial variation (e.g. paragraph breaks, boldface);

* hybrid (e.g. enumerations, headings, tables of contents, links and pop-up windows in electronic documents);

* more elusively: first mention, length or repetition of particular text units, structural parallelism.

Different disciplines have taken an interest in these devices, either as a core object of study or as an element to be taken into account. As a consequence, research concerned with the signalling of text organisation is far from constituting a unified field. The notion of signal itself may be associated with different key concepts according to discipline and models: document structure, discourse organisation, layout structure, text architecture, etc. As far as function is concerned, they may be seen as discourse construction devices, traces of metalinguistic segments, as reading or processing instructions, as traces of the writer's cognitive processes, or as cues revealing the author's intentions, etc.

Since the 1970's, research into the signalling of text organisation has produced considerable results. The environment for this research is at present undergoing a twofold transformation: firstly, new methods are appearing, linked to technological advances (corpus linguistics, natural language processing, eye movement recording techniques for the analysis of cognitive processes during reading, etc.); secondly, new fields of application are opening (in connection with the expanding use of digital documents in the professional and educational worlds). In this new context, novel research questions open up, requiring the integration of contributions from different disciplines or fields of study.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from different disciplines interested in the signalling of text organisation (e.g., linguists, computational linguists, psycholinguists, educational/cognitive psychologists, ergonomists, document designers, semioticians, information scientists, etc.) to allow exchanges, interactions and cross-fertilization.

We invite contributions on topics and questions such as the following (the list may be extended):

* What are text signals and what role do they play?

o reader's viewpoint

o writer's viewpoint

o analyst's viewpoint

* What may be relevant theoretical models and methods of data collection and analysis to study the signalling of text organisation and its cognitive effects?

o naturalist approaches and corpus studies

o empirical approaches

o micro vs. macro approaches

o inter- and pluridisciplinary approaches

* Text signals and literacy

* Text signals in document design, natural language processing and language technologies

We welcome different types of contributions: literature reviews, theoretical and methodological considerations, reports of empirical data, corpus based-studies, etc.

-------------------------------------------------------------------- Important dates --------------------------------------------------------------------

* First call for paper: June 8th 2009

* Submission deadline: October 4th 2009

* Notification of acceptance: December 18th 2009

* Deadline for final version: February 1st 2010

* Registration deadline : January 15th 2010

* Workshop : March 17th - 20th 2010

-------------------------------------------------------------------- Keynote speakers --------------------------------------------------------------------

* Robert F. Lorch (University of Kentucky, USA)

* John Bateman (University of Bremen, Germany)

* Éric Hermann (CFH Conseil en Facteurs Humains, Grenoble, France)

-------------------------------------------------------------------- Organising Committee (CLLE, University of Toulouse-UTM) --------------------------------------------------------------------

* Anne Le Draoulec

* Karine Duvignau

* Mai Ho Dac

* Julie Lemarié

* Marie-Paule Péry-Woodley

* Marianne Vergez-Couret

-------------------------------------------------------------------- Scientific Committee --------------------------------------------------------------------

* Franck Amadieu, CLLE, University of Toulouse-UTM, France

* Thierry Baccino, LUTIN, University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France

* John Bateman, University of Bremen, Germany

* Stéphane Caro, University of Bourgogne, France

* Michel Charolles, LATTICE, University of Paris 3, France

* Liesbeth Degand, CETIS, UCL, Belgium

* Claudine Garcia-Debanc, IUFM, University of Toulouse-UTM, France

* Nicolas Hernandez, LINA, University of Nantes, France

* Marie-Paule Jacques, LILPA, University of Strasbourg, France

* Julia Lavid, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

* Robert F. Lorch, University of Kentucky, USA

* Nadine Lucas, GREYC, University of Caen, France

* Clara Mancini, Open University, UK

* Fabrice Maurel, University of Caen, France

* Bonnie Meyer, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

* Josette Rebeyrolles, CLLE, University of Toulouse-UTM, France

* Wilbert Spooren, University of Amsterdam, NL

* Patrice Terrier, CLLE, University of Toulouse-UTM, France

see further informations on our website : http://w3.workshop-mad2010.univ-tlse2.fr/

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