2014 Conference announcement!

Hello everyone,

It’s a busy time of year at the Society for Text & Discourse. The official purpose of this message is to send out the first Call for Submissions for the 2014 ST&D conference in Chicago (see below). But we have other things going on as well.

We’re in the middle of our Governing Board election, conducted in the Fall for the first time. We’re hard at work on a revised website, so watch for that coming soon. And it’s that time of year – to renew your membership in the Society for 2014! Membership renewal goes hand-in-hand with your conference submission, so start thinking about both of them now.


The Society for Text & Discourse is proud to announce the Twenty-third Annual Meeting at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago, IL, Monday through Wednesday, August 4-6, 2014. The Society for Text & Discourse is an international society of researchers who investigate all aspects of text and discourse including processing and analysis. The purpose of the Society is to foster and promote excellence in research, to enhance communication among researchers in different disciplines, and to contribute to the education and professional development of those in the field or entering the field. We invite students and scholars from various disciplines (e.g., psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, learning sciences, and others) to attend and participate.

We invite proposals for individual papers and posters presenting original research on text and discourse processing, representation, and analysis. The DEADLINE for submitting proposals is February 10, 2014. In addition, if you have suggestions for Symposia or Themed Sessions, please send them (title, short description, list of potential contributors) to the Program Chair (britt@niu.edu) by January 15, 2014. Agreed upon symposium proposals will then have to be submitted following the same guidelines as regular proposals. The 2014 conference website address is http://ip-068-026.admin.niu.edu/. We will be adding information over the coming months so please check back.

The Program Committee will review the proposals and make decisions regarding acceptance, format, and arrangement into sessions. Authors will be notified of decisions by the beginning of April 2014. Inquiries about the submission process or the conference should be sent to stdconference2014@gmail.com. You will be able to submit your proposal through the 2014 conference website in mid January. Submission Format Proposals should include:

  1. A title
  2. First author student status (this will be used for award eligibility)
  3. Author information (Name, Affiliation, Country and Email addresses for all authors)
  4. Appropriate topic areas for reviewing
  5. Content keywords for session creation
  6. A 75-word abstract
  7. A 1200-word summary of the presentation (including bibliography). The summary should have a title but no author information. It should contain basic sections including a short theoretical introduction, methodological overview (including quantitative or qualitative approach), key findings, and a brief discussion. Proposals that exceed the length specified will not be reviewed.
  8. Presentation Preference If you would prefer a poster presentation over a spoken presentation, then please indicate this by typing “Poster Only”. Otherwise all submissions will be considered for both papers and posters.

Submission-based Awards

The Society recognizes excellence in research with two annual awards based on papers submitted to the Annual Meeting:

  • The Outstanding Student Paper Award (OSPA) recognizes quality in work that is predominantly that of a graduate student. Accordingly, the student must be first author on the paper. The student’s major advisor must send an email certifying that this work has been done primarily by the student, and a paragraph-length recommendation of the paper for the award.
  • The Jason Albrecht Outstanding Young Scientist Award (JAOYSA) honors the memory of Jason Albrecht, a promising young text and discourse researcher who passed away in 1996. The award recognizes an outstanding paper based on a doctoral dissertation. The doctoral candidate or recent doctorate must be first author on the paper. The student’s dissertation advisor must send an email certifying that the work is based on the nominee’s doctoral dissertation, and recommending the candidate for the award.

Proposals eligible for the Jason Albrecht Outstanding Young Scientist Award and the Outstanding Student Paper Award will undergo two reviews: one by the regular Program Review Committee and a second by the Awards Committee. Only proposals that are accepted for presentation as spoken papers on the program will be considered for the awards. Finalists may be asked for additional information regarding the submission for the final award review process. Recipients of each award receive a certificate and a $150 award check.

Additional Information

For more information on the Society for Text & Discourse and the 2014 Annual Meeting, please see http://www.societyfortextanddiscourse.org/conferences/index.html. Inquiries about the submission process or the conference should be sent to britt@niu.edu.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Chicago for the 2014 Annual meeting of the Society for Text and Discourse!

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