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FYI: Systemic Functional Linguistics

Author: isfc97


Learning how to mean: transdisciplinary perspectives on
language in contex

July 7-18, 1997

Glendon College, York University Toronto, Canada


The Summer School will bring together graduate students and
scholars in linguistics, psychology, psychiatry, comparative
primatology, philosophy, ethnomusicology, and anthropology with
an interest in a functional view of language and other semiotic
modalities, such as gesture, gaze, sign language, and visual


By the end of the first week, participants will know: how the
Systemic Functional model organizes three different modes of
meaning in the lexico-grammar: the represention of experience,
the enactment of speaker/addressee relationships, and the
relation of language to the context in which it is unfolding.

By the end of the second week, participants will know: how the
Systemic Functional model organizes the three contextual
dimensions in which language operates: purposeful activity,
social interaction, and communicative event.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

* interact more effectively with scholars dealing with language in other

* move their research in new directions

* participate actively in the 24th International Systemic Functional
Congress which immediately follows the Summer School.


Morning lectures will introduce the Systemic Functional model.
Familiarity with this approach to language will not be assumed.


Fellows and course participants working together in small
afternoon workshops will take the theoretical concepts
introduced in the morning and use them to explore examples of
discourse currently being investigated in disciplines other than


Senior scholars in other disciplines along with Systemic
Functional linguists will participate as Fellows in the
workshops. Their role will be to make sure that the workshops
are challenged to address the transdisciplinary concerns of the
Summer School and Congress.


David Butt, Rhondda Fahey, Sue Spinks (Macquarie University),
Jonathan Fine (Bar-Ilan University), Rosemary Tannoch (Hospital
for Sick Children), Paul Thibault (University of Venice), Theo
Van Leeuwen (The London Institute), Stuart Shanker (York
University), Rob Bowman (York University)

EVALUATION (for students taking the course for credit):
participation 25%, paper 75% (due within one month after the
completion of the course).


You may apply to be either a 'credit student' or a
'participant'. Complete the appropriate form and e-mail to:


or mail to:

Summer School of Systemic Linguistics, c/o English Department, 2275
Bayview Avenue, Toronto ON Canada M4N 3M6

or FAX to: (416) 487-6728

(due February 15, 1997)

If you do not want to take the course for credit as a graduate
student, but wish to attend lectures and participate in
workshops, complete the following form. (Individuals who attend
the course as participants cannot be subsequently considered for
course credit.)






The fee is Cdn $300, and is due by April 30, 1997.

( ) VISA _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
exp _ _/_ _

( ) Mastercard _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
exp _ _/_ _

( ) Cheque / Money Order in Canadian dollars
attached, payable to ISFC97

We will send you a formal letter of acceptance around the middle
of March 1997, including information about food and
accommodation - approximately Cdn $50/day at Glendon College.
Payment is due by April 30, 1997.

(due February 15, 1997)

If you want to take this couse for credit as a graduate student,
complete the following form, and York University will send you
an application form which will enable you to take the course as
Graduate English 6840.06 Linguistic Theory






Currently enrolled at (name and address of graduate


The York University application fee of Cdn $60 and the course
fee will be due April 30, 1997 with your completed York
University application. This year (1996) the cost of a course
is Cdn $826.39. A slight increase is expected in 1997.

At the time you are accepted, around the middle of March 1997,
we will send you information about food and accommodation -
approximately Canadian $50/day at Glendon College. Payment is
due by April 30, 1997.


24th International Systemic Functional Congress, July 21-25,

E-mail: isfc97@delphi.glendon.yorku.ca
or ISFC97, Department of English, Glendon College, 2275 Bayview Avenue,
Toronto, Canada, M4N 3M6

Look for up-to-date information about ISFC 97 and the Summer
School on the Systemic Functional Linguistics Web Page
maintained by Mick O'Donnell -


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