The Society for Text & Discourse (ST&D) 27th Annual Meeting

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General Conference Information

July 31–August 2, 2017
Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA. Note: The rate to stay at the conference hotel (Single/Double Occupancy) is $159/night. A code is not required to receive the conference rate, simply register here. If calling to book your room, identify the conference by name to receive this rate.
Deadline for Submissions:

Extended to March 10, 2017

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The ST&D is an international society of researchers who investigate all aspects of text and discourse, including processing and analysis. The purpose of the ST&D 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.

Call for Proposals

The 2017 first call for proposals opens January 1 and has a deadline of March 10. (Deadline for symposia suggestions is January 16.)

Topic Areas

  • Adult Readers
  • Assessment
  • Brain Imaging & Neurophysiological Measures
  • Cohesion & Referential Devices
  • Computational Linguistics
  • Computer Mediated/Online Communication
  • Conversational/Discourse Analysis
  • Corpus Analysis
  • Early Readers
  • Electronic/Online/Hypertext
  • Embodiment
  • Emotion
  • Expository Text Processing
  • Gesture & Paralinguistic Communication
  • Graphics & Visual Communication
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Individual Differences
  • Inferences
  • Learning & Instruction
  • Misinformation & Inconsistencies
  • Metaphor & Figurative Language
  • Multiple Text Comprehension
  • Narrative Processes
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Qualitative Methodology
  • Quantitative Methodology (Advances & HLM/SEM)
  • Rhetorical Structure & Processing
  • Sentence Processing
  • Sourcing
  • Struggling Readers
  • Strategic Reading
  • Text Comprehension & Representation
  • Think-aloud Methods
  • Web & Knowledge Technologies
  • Writing

Suggestions for additional topic areas should be sent to

Submission Format

Proposals should include:

  • Title
  • Author information (Name, Affiliation, Country and Email addresses for all authors)
  • First author student status (this will be used for award eligibility)
  • Submission preference (Spoken Only, Poster Only, Spoken or Poster)
  • At least three relevant keywords
  • Appropriate topic areas for reviewing (see end of document)
  • A 75-word abstract
  • 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/framework, methodological overview (including quantitative or qualitative approach), key findings, and a brief discussion. The summary will be submitted as a PDF file and should be saved using a generic name (e.g. summary.pdf). Proposals that exceed the length specified will not be reviewed.

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Submit your proposal electronically by pressing the blue button below.

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Awards & Award Types

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

The Outstanding Student Paper Award (OSPA) recognizes quality in work that is primarily that of a graduate student. Accordingly, the student must be first author on the paper. The student's major advisor will be asked to confirm the student’s status as the paper’s first author.

The Jason Albrecht Outstanding Young Scientist 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.


In addition, if you have suggestions for Symposia or Themed Sessions, please send them, including title, short description and list of potential contributors to the Program Chairs, John Sabatini and Tenaha O’Reilly, by January 16, 2017. Agreed-upon symposium proposals will then have to be submitted following the same guidelines as regular proposals. We will be adding information to the website 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 2017.

Additional Information

Visit the ST&D website for more information on the society and the 2017 Annual Meeting.

Inquiries about the submission process or the conference should be sent to

Program Chairs

John Sabatini
Principal Research Scientist
Global Assessment
ETS Research

Tenaha O’Reilly
Senior Research Scientist
Global Assessment
ETS Research