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Systemic Functional Linguistics at the Crossroads: Intercultural and Contrastive Descriptions of Language

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27th European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference:
Plaza de Anaya s/n 37008
06/28/2017 – 07/01/2017

From a systemic functional perspective, language is considered essentially a probabilistic system. An important part of the meaning of any feature is its relative probability in relation to other mutually defining features and, therefore, language description is intimately related to the (un)expectedness of the behaviour, presence, absence, etc. of linguistic phenomena. However, globalization is dynamically pervading cultural groups, historic identities or languages to an unprecedented extent and thus it is not surprising that cultural differences, hybridizing processes and diversity are challenging our knowledge and our expectations on the probability and extent of linguistic phenomena and their behaviour. Thus, by setting linguistics at crossroads, the conference invites to explore how cultural dynamics challenges linguistic description both at theory and practice from a variety of perspectives, including how paradigmatic choices are realized syntagmatically in different languages, how experience is construed in different settings, or how social roles and relations are enacted in situations culturally diverse, just to name a few. The conference also aims at addressing the question of how SFL is located at the crossroads between past and future in terms of the theoretical achievements and practical applications reached so far and, therefore, it also invites proposals dealing with up-to-date theoretical constructs and practical applications from intra- and inter-disciplinary perspectives which may show how SFL is at the cutting edge of linguistic description.

Prospective contributions for Paper and Poster Presentations

Contributions are welcome for the following thematic strands and colloquia, albeit, as in previous conferences, papers with a systemic functional focus will also be considered even if they do not address the conference themes:

Thematic Panel Sessions

–      SFL at Intercultural Crossroads: This strand focuses on work which presents analyses or addresses questions related to contexts of situation which are better described in terms of diversity and hybridization, including those defined by intercultural metaphors like ‘melting pots’ or ‘salad bowls’, or labelled as multicultural, intercultural, or cross-cultural.

–      SFL at Contrastive Crossroads: Contrastive description is being revealed as a fruitful avenue to explore language behaviour at all levels and with a variety of purposes. Examples range from paradigmatic patterns and diverging syntagmatic realizations, to theoretical as well as practical implications for language learning, to name just a few.

–      SFL at Crossroads in Linguistics and Beyond: This strand focuses on theoretical approaches and practical applications, particularly those which consider intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary complex frameworks, such as SFL and Discourse Analysis, SFL and Critical Discourse Analysis, SFL and Cognitive Linguistics, SFL and Literacy and Education, SFL and Translation, etc.

–      SFL at the Cutting Edge of Descriptions of Language: The focus of this strand is on up-to-date theoretical and practical accounts of language from a systemic functional perspective, as well as challenges and pointers for future in both theoretical and descriptive linguistics.


–      1er Coloquio ‘La LSF en/del Español’ / 1st Colloquium: ‘SFL in/of Spanish’ (Language of this colloquium: Spanish) (please check the conference website for this CFP)

–      2nd Colloquium ‘Empirical Evidence and Theoretical Assumptions in SFL’ (Language of this colloquium: English) (please check the conference website for this CFP)


Abstracts (300 words maximum, plus a short list of key references) should contain a statement of the aim of the contribution, and should make clear how the paper relates to previous and/or current work within SFL and to the panel and/or colloquium chosen. Abstracts should provide a description of the main contents and results to be presented. If a proposal is not accepted for a colloquium, it will still be considered for one of the panels of the conference, so a panel should also be chosen when submitting for a colloquium just in case the proposal does not fit in the colloquium.
Maximum number of proposals per person (papers and posters): 2 co-authored or 1 single-authored + 1 co-authored

SFL Pre-Conference Institute

Date: 28th June, 2017
Workshops will be offered in a variety of topics, including SFL analysis of Spanish or Analysing Language by means of UAM CorpusTool. Please check our website for update information on the workshops and registration procedure.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers

Jorge Arús Hita (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)
Tom Bartlett (Cardiff University, UK)
Adriana Bolívar (Universidad Central de Venezuela, Venezuela)
Elsa Ghio (Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina)
Mick O’Donnell (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)

‘Geoff Thompson’ Invited Lecture and ESFLA Young Scholar Bursary

In honour of Geoff Thompson’s immense contribution to systemic functional linguistics, the European Systemic Functional Linguistics Association sponsors a bursary each year for the European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference. The bursary provides support for a young scholar whose conference paper draws significantly on Geoff’s work. Requirements and instructions for applications for 2017 ESFLA bursary are available at the conference website.

In addition, the conference will also celebrate Geoff Thompson’s work and dedication to extending systemic functional linguistics by inviting a speaker with a long trajectory within the European association. Our Guest Speaker will be Mick O’Donnell (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and UAM CorpusTool creator).

Dates and Deadlines

Submission period opens: 1 October 2016
Deadline for submissions: 30 November 2016
Notice of acceptance: 15 January 2017
Early-bird registration (all): 15 January to 31 March 2017
Ordinary registration period (all): 1-30 April 2017
Extension of registration period for attendees only: up to 25 June 2017

More information at http://eventum.usal.es/go/esflc2017

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