Submissions due Friday, September 27, 2013
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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 narrative.
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 insights 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 modeling.
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:
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