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Subject: [ E-CFP ] CfP: LLC Special Issue on Computational Models of Narrative
From: <markaf_(on)_MIT.EDU>
Date received: 06 Mar 2013
Deadline: 27 Sep 2013
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Call for Papers
Special Issue on Computational Models of Narrative
Literary & Linguistic Computing: The Journal of Digital
Scholarship in the Humanities

**Submissions due Friday, September 27, 2013**

Edited by:
Mark A. Finlayson, MIT, USA (lead editor) Floris Bex, University
of Groningen, The Netherlands Pablo Gervás, Universidad
Complutense de Madrid, Spain Deniz Yuret, Koç University, Turkey

The past fifteen years has seen a resurgence of interest in a
formal understanding and computational applications of the
phenomenon of narrative. Since 1999 there have been more than
forty conferences, workshops, symposia, and other meetings
focusing on applying computational and experimental techniques to
understanding, using, and generating narrative. Researchers
across the humanities, social sciences, cognitive sciences, and
computer sciences have turned their attention back to narrative,
and are eager to make progress. With this momentum, the coming
decade promises dramatic advances in the understanding of

With this growing interest and building momentum in mind,
Literary & Linguistic Computing: the Journal of Digital
Scholarship in the Humanities (LLC) invites submission for a
special issue on the topic of "Computational Models of
Narrative". The issue is so named because we believe that a true
science of narrative must adhere to the principle espoused by
Herbert Simon in his book The Sciences of the Artificial: that
without computational modeling, the science of a complex human
phenomenon such as narrative will never be successful, and that
computational models are the proper lingua franca of the
scientific study of narrative. The purview of the issue, then, is
more than just the limited body of effort that directly
incorporates computer simulation: it also includes work from a
cognitive, linguistic, neurobiological, social scientific, and
literary point of view. The special issue is open to any work
where the researchers have successfully applied their field's
unique insig hts to narrative in a way that is compatible with a
computational frame of mind. We seek work whose results are
thought out carefully enough, and specified precisely enough,
that they could eventually inform computational modeling of
narrative. As such, authors should explicitly discuss in their
paper how their work could support or inform computational

Full papers should not normally exceed 9,000 words. Shorter
articles (containing material of a more general nature) should
not exceed 5,000 words and reports on research in progress should
not be longer than 3,000 words. Authors should review and conform
to the following guidelines:

Information for authors:
Online submissions:
Self-archiving policy:

Authors should submit their papers in .doc format (per LLC
preferences) to Mark Finlayson, the lead editor, at
markaf_(at)_mit.edu by 27th September 2013. After this initial
submission the editors will signal any major problems with style
or content. Revised versions addressing these concerns will be
due as an online submission to the LLC manuscript system on
Friday, November 22, 2013. When submitting to the LLC online
system, authors should explicitly state in their cover letter to
the LLC editor that their paper is part of this thematic issue.
Papers will then be peer-reviewed, and final decisions will be
issued Friday, February 14, 2014. The final copy, including all
style and content corrections indicated by the editors, will be
due Friday, March 14, 2014. We expect the issue to appear as
either the 2nd or 3rd issue of the 2014 volume. Any questions
should be addressed to Mark Finlayson at markaf_(at)_mit.edu.

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