more presentation slides made available

more presentation slides made available

several speakers have made PDF versions of the slides from their presentations available on this site.

Keynote speakers Jim Martin, Peter White, Monika Bednarek, and Jodie Martin have each made their presentation slides accessible in this way – please navigate to the keynote speaker/abstracts page and scroll down to the abstract for each speaker concerned. the links appear under the each speaker’s abstract.

several of the parallel paper presentation slides are also able to be viewed and downloaded: Damon Thomas, Shooshi Dreyfus, Len Unsworth and alexanne don have all contributed PDFs of their slides.

please be aware that some of these files are quite large MB-wise, and so may take a short time to load, depending on your internet connection.

slight changes to program

slight changes to program

most of you will not notice, but in case someone does, yes, the program has been slightly amended to reflect late scratchings and new abstracts. limited hardcopies will be available tomorrow at the symposium.
after the symposium closes we will put up a downloadable PDF version of the abstracts up.. or wait! maybe now…

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we are now also asking that, for anyone who is willing, you send us PDF versions of the slides of your presentation, which we will later upload to the site. send these to eldon-at-verbosity.org as an attachment – we can make a fuller archive of the event.

what to bring?

what to bring?

the symposium is set up with three rooms for our use. the theatre, on the ground floor of the webster building, has a seating capacity of 80 – the keynotes/plenaries will be held in there. the other two rooms are nearby on the first floor – easily reached by either steps or lift.

each room is equipped with an apple mac computer and display – so please bring your .ppt slides (or other visual materials) saved to a USB disc, or upload them to somewhere on the cloud where you can easily retrieve them – if all is working properly, all rooms will have internet access via the computer consoles.

a limited number of hard-copies of the program will be produced, and since there have been over 60 registrations to date, there will not be printed programs and abstracts available for everyone. these are accessible on this website and we hope you will not mind viewing them via this medium. however, if you have trouble printing out any of the materials here and would like a copy, please email peter or lexie before next tuesday.

there will be no food provided and we also hope you do not mind bringing a lunch or attending one of the local cafes on campus (all are pretty good). we are planning on finding an urn and getting some tea and biscuits for breaks. there is also talk of a post-symposium dinner. we will ask for a show of hands and ask you to indicate your desire to attend on a piece of paper by the close of session on wednesday, so we can book ahead – details to be announced, but if you have not planned your thursday evening, you may like to keep it free.

if we have missed something or you are still unclear on any aspect of the program, or getting to the venue (see ‘directions‘ page this site) please do not hesitate to contact either of us beforehand.

the symposium is not a formal conference

the symposium is not a formal conference

the idea behind the appraisal symposium is to allow scholars and students working with appraisal, to get together in one place for a couple of days so that we can all share our trials and triumphs in an atmosphere ‘away from the marketplace’. this means that it was not designed to provide a forum for presenting finished works, or applications of appraisal that ‘prove’ the correctness of the categories, or even to show definitive findings – although of course, reports of such studies are always welcome.

we were inspired to put on the gathering due to several motivating factors – because an email list is not really the most conducive place to discuss matters of delicacy wrt analytic taxonomies, or the fine details of discourse semantics, or methodological approaches – but mainly because whenever newer analysis is presented, it always generates lively discussion – before time runs out and everyone disperses wanting to carry on the discussion somewhere else.

this is what the symposium is for: a ‘somewhere else’, and some time to generate and/or carry on discussion on matters close to our analytic hearts, to put out half-baked ideas and see whether they can be cooked further, to learn and be motivated from what others may have done that we have not thought about. 2 days may not be long enough, but it is better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

thus, the organisers did not apply for any funding, nor were they offered any. the symposium is not connected to any one university or organisation, and despite the fact that the school of arts and media (SAM at UNSW) did not charge peter for use of the rooms during non-term time, they are completely unaware of exactly what is happening in those rooms during our symposium. there are no auspices at the symposium. it is only a place where we can all talk/listen about appraisal, from a theoretical and illustrative standpoint.

as indicated earlier, any abstract/proposal was accepted that was obviously interrogating those issues of appraisal that we all wrestle with. none of the “parallel paper” abstracts have been edited or altered in any way: what you see is what you get, and what you see is a mixture of beginning scholars and eminent scholars as well. this does not mean that we all agree with what has been proposed, but that in the airing of ideas, new ones may be born. or at least the ideas can be given a good thrashing.

there have been queries about publication of the products of the discussions. there are no plans to do so at this point, but suggestions and offers are invited from interested parties.

//on behalf of
the “organising committee”

proposals for the conference accepted

proposals for the conference accepted

thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal for a presentation for the appraisal symposium – all of them were great, and we wanted to allow anyone who wanted to have the opportunity to present, as well as to participate in the conversations.
unfortunately, because of the number of proposals, we could not keep to our hoped-for two-only parallel sessions, and this also meant that not every proposal could be accommodated.

if you have submitted a proposal, please consult the program here, and direct any enquiries to eldon_at_panix.com. we’re sorry that we are not able to contact each of you directly (since many of you did not include a contact address in the body of your proposal), however, we hope that you are able to understand this method of organisation.

if your proposal has been accepted and you require a letter of acceptance for leave requirements, we will supply those by email: contact eldon with your details, and she will send it back to you asap.

in addition, ***registration for the conference is now open*** on the registration page on this site. please use the website registration, and only contact the organisers if you have an urgent query.

should you require a certificate of attendance for the symposium, we will be supplying hardcopies at the venue itself – but only to those people who have both registered in advance, and have indicated that they will require one at least a week in advance: contact eldon or peter to ask for a certificate to be printed for you.

reminder, or 2nd call for papers…

reminder, or 2nd call for papers…

dear colleagues,

a reminder about sending us your abstract for the appraisal symposium before november 30th.
peter and i will review all of them, and get back to you before the end of january.

here are the details again:

DATES: wed-thur, february 20-21, 2013
VENUE: webster building, unsw, sydney

REGISTRATION:
we will send out an email asking for registration nearer the date.
registrations will not be taken until january, after the abstracts
have been reviewed and speakers informed. you are welcome to come,
depending on numbers, whether you are presenting or not – as long as
you’ve told us.
registration will be in the form of sending an email to me with a
specified subject line – to be announced.

PAPERS:
time slot: 30 mins + 10 mins Q&A
spaces are limited by rooms available and time.
send abstract to eldon_at_panix.com as an attachment, with your name as part of the filename.

we have several wonderful confirmed speakers who have donated their time free of charge:

jim r. martin, university of sydney
peter r. r. white, university of nsw
monika bednarek, university of sydney
charlotte hommerberg, linnaeus university (sweden)
dorothy economou, university of sydney
jodie martin, university of adelaide

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the symposium will be totally unfunded, and there is no budget at all, so there is no registration fee, but we will ask you to indicate whether you are coming or not because the largest room will only hold 80 people. if you are not registered you may be turned away!

also there will be no food or drinks provided for the symposium, but we will be a short walk from several cafeteriae.

best wishes,
lexie
/peter white
organising “committee”

Introducing the Symposium

Introducing the Symposium

Due to the ongoing interest in using appraisal analysis, and the continuing discussion here and there about the framework, how it is used, on what types of texts, how context and co-text figures in intepretation of categories, whether two analysts of the same texts come up with the same analyses, how appraisal can be used in teaching contexts, what grammar has to do with it, how large corpora can be used to check or even code evaluative meanings, and so on and so forth…

…we’ve decided to put on a two-day symposium during the summer break at unsw here in sydney. there are a limited number of slots for presentation of papers if anyone would like to do so. you can send the abstracts to me by november 30, and peter and i will read them and see whether we have enough slots to go round. we will get back to you by the start of 2013.

the symposium will be totally unfunded, and there is no budget at all, so there is no registration fee, but we will ask you to indicate whether you are coming or not because the largest room will only hold 80 people. if you are not registered you may be turned away!

also there will be no food or drinks provided for the symposium, but we will be a short walk from several cafeteriae.

we have several wonderful confirmed speakers:

jim r. martin, university of sydney
peter r. r. white, university of nsw
monika bednarek, university of sydney
charlotte hommerberg, linnaeus university (sweden)
dorothy economou, university of sydney
jodie martin, university of adelaide

venue: webster building, university of nsw, sydney
dates: wednesday & thursday, february 20th & 21st, 2013
abstracts due: november 30th, 2012