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The LinC Summer School in Systemic Functional Linguistics



13 - 16 September 2010

Location: Cardiff University

Due to the popularity of this summer school, all places are now allocated. The summer school registration is closed.


Programme Outline and Location Information

LinC is the research network for Linguistics in Cardiff

We are pleased to announce the 1st LinC summer school in Systemic Functional Linguistics to be held at Cardiff University from September 14-16 inclusive, 2010, with welcome and registration taking place on September 13th.   The summer school will also include a Poster Session (see below for more information).


Michael Halliday, Ruqaiya Hasan, Sydney Lamb, Geoff Thompson, Mick O’Donnell, Robin Fawcett, Gordon Tucker, Paul Tench, Lise Fontaine, Tom Bartlett, Gerard O’Grady

About the summer school

Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) is an increasingly popular framework for understanding and analysing language in use.  At the very foundation of SFL is the view of language as a social function.  As Halliday states, “the internal organization of language is not arbitrary but embodies a positive reflection of the functions that language has evolved to serve in the life of social man” (1970:26).   The functions of language include both the functions that language serves (i.e. how people use language) and linguistic functions (i.e. the grammatical and semantic roles assigned to parts of language). It is this focus on the functions of language that has lead to the successful application of SFL in areas such as language teaching, literacy, computational approaches to language, counselling, research in language and communication and many more.  The goal of the summer school is to offer research training in both understanding the SFL theory of language and applying it to real-world challenges.

The summer school will run two parallel courses; one at an introductory level and one at an advanced level.  Participants should apply to one or the other depending on their previous experience. Both courses are suitable for professionals and students who have an interest in learning more about Systemic Functional Linguistics and its applications. 

The introductory level will cover a basic introduction to Systemic Functional Linguistics, including coverage of the main or core concepts, and it will teach participants how to analyse language using the framework.  The focus will be equally spread between lectures and hands-on practical analysis.  No prior experience is needed for this program.  This course will be appropriate for both professionals who feel an understanding of SFL and/or language description would be an asset in their work and students who are considering study or research using the Systemic Functional Linguistics.

The advanced level is intended for those who already have some experience with Systemic Functional Linguistics and who want to further their knowledge and experience.  The main goal of the course in this level is to consider more challenging areas of language description and use with a focus on real-world applications (e.g. language teaching, education, literacy).  This course would be appropriate for those with some experience in Systemic Functional Linguistics such as professionals (e.g. language teachers, educators, computational linguists, psychologists) and PhD students.   The advanced course will offer researchers training in a range of analytical methods and tools to enhance qualitative research in areas related to language and communication.


Outline of the Programme

Special lectures by Professor Michael Halliday, Professor Ruqaiya Hasan, and Professor Sydney Lamb will be open to all participants.  There will also be some flexibility across the two courses.

Introductory Course

Advanced Course

Call for Poster Presentations

Participants at the summer school are encouraged to submit an abstract for a Poster Presentation. Accepted proposals will be presented at a poster session. Deadline for submissions is May 1st 2010. Send abstracts of 500 words to



Registration fee is £105 for the full three days. There are a limited number of places available so please book early. The summer school will only run if the minimum number of places are filled. The registration form is now available from the menu in the top right section of this page.



University accommodation will be available for those who wish to stay in halls of residence. The cost per night is £22.94 (Room only). Breakfast will be available but not included in the cost of the accommodation. Those staying in halls of residence can pay for breakfast in the main dining area and information about this will be available upon arrival. The accommodation form is now available from the menu in the top right section of this page. There is also a link to other places to stay in Cardiff.

Course fee
The registration fee for the full three days of the summer school will be announced soon. We are committed to keeping the fee as low as possible so that it is accessible to all who want to attend. The fee will include course materials, bibliography, and Certificate of Attendance.

Meals and refreshments are not included in the registration fee, but this may change pending further funding.  There is a cafeteria in the building and there are many local shops, pubs and cafes in the immediate area for those who want to purchase their own food and refreshments rather than bring their own.

For further information please contact:

Lise Fontaine, Tom Bartlett or Gerard O'Grady:

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