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Fri Aug 2 1996

Calls: Computer-mediated conversation analysis

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  1. Susan Herring, call for manuscripts: Computer-mediated conversation analysis

Message 1: call for manuscripts: Computer-mediated conversation analysis

Date: Tue, 30 Jul 1996 23:26:55 CDT
From: Susan Herring <>
Subject: call for manuscripts: Computer-mediated conversation analysis
 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

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