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LINGUIST List 24.3966

Wed Oct 09 2013

Calls: Ling Theories, History of Ling, Text/Corpus Ling, Socioling, General Ling/France

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <brynlinguistlist.org>

Date: 09-Oct-2013
From: Chris Gledhill <cgleila.univ-paris-diderot.fr>
Subject: 25th European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference
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Full Title: 25th European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference
Short Title: ESFLC 2014

Date: 10-Jul-2014 - 12-Jul-2014
Location: Paris, France
Contact Person: Chris Gledhill
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://esflc2014.clillac-arp.univ-paris-diderot.fr/public/ESFLC2014

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; History of Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2014

Meeting Description:

The conference theme this year is 'Change, Mutation, Transformation...'. Our intention in choosing this year's theme is to examine not only how language change can be modeled using Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL), but also to examine how the SFL approach to language has changed over time.

According to Michael Halliday, language change is thought to operate on at least three different (but ultimately related) time-scales:

1) the evolution of semiotic systems in human societies (phylogenetic change),
2) the development of language in the individual (ontological change) and
3) the unfolding of discourse in on-going texts (logogenetic change).

The notions of time and the modeling of dynamic change have recently emerged as key problems in the many fields of applied linguistics that SFL is usually associated with. For example, there is increasing interest in the analysis of short- and medium-term language change in the relatively new field of Diachronic Corpus Linguistics. Similarly, in Languages for Specific Purposes there has been a growing body of work on the evolution and on-going development of specific registers and text types, a topic which is of particular interest to SFL analysts in France. A similar movement in Terminology studies, especially from a 'socio-terminological' perspective, has attempted to come to grips with variation and language change, and now emphasises the dynamic, discourse-function of the text as a resource for terminological innovation, as well as the essential role of neology in the process of scientific writing. And in Translation studies, new technologies, especially the practices of translation memory and digital publishing have profoundly transformed the way in which theorists and practitioners view the translated text no longer as a finished 'product', but rather as an on-going 'project'.

All of these fields (corpus work, genre analysis, terminology, translation studies, etc.) have long been seen as central preoccupations of Systemic Functional linguistics. But no approach, even SFL, is safe from the ravages of time. What have been the effects of changing practices and models, and even language change itself on SFL as a theory? And to what extent do diachronic studies in fields such as corpus linguistics or genre analysis feed back into the SFL model? What can diachronic studies teach us about notions such as 'lexicogrammar', 'lexicogrammatical pattern', 'register' or 'genre'?

Our choice of conference theme is also an oblique reference to the fact that it has been 25 years since the first European SFL workshops organised in Nottingham in the 1980s. To what extent has there been change in the academic and intellectual context in which SFL evolves, and how has this change affected SFL? What aspects of SFL theory and practice have changed, and which have stayed constant in all these years? Who are the practitioners and theorists of SFL these days? Where do they come from, and what tendencies do these changes suggest for the future?

This conference is the 25th in the 'European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference / Workshop' series. For practical reasons, we have shortened the name to ESFLC 2014. For details of previous conferences in this series, see: http://www.isfla.org/Systemics/Conferences/Conferences.html.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Margaret Berry (formerly of Nottingham University)
Jacques François (emeritus Professor, Université de Caen)
Erich Steiner (Professor of English linguistics and Translation studies, Universität des Saarlandes)
Miriam Taverniers (Professor of English linguistics, Universiteit Gent)

Conference Website:


2nd Call for Papers:

The submissions page is now open. To submit your paper, you will need to use the EasyChair system. All papers will be reviewed anonymously by at least two members of the submissions committee on the EasyChair website. To find out how this works, please click on the following link and follow the instructions:


The submissions committee looks forward to reading your proposals!

If you have any questions about the conference organisation, you can contact the organisation committee at:


If you would like to find out about accommodation, the conference theme, and other practical information for the conference please visit this page:


Please note that members of the local committee cannot answer questions regarding submissions for papers. If you want to contact the submissions committee (chaired by Shirley Carter Thomas and Chris
Gledhill), you will need to sign up first on EasyChair and send us a message via the EasyChair message service.

On behalf of the conference committee:

Christopher Gledhill

Professeur des universités Centre de Linguistique Interlangues,
Lexicologie, Linguistique Anglaise et de Corpus (CLILLAC- ARP, EA3697)

U.F.R. Études Interculturelles de Langues Appliquées (EILA)
Université Paris Diderot
Bureau 730 Bâtiment Olympe de Gouges
Rue Albert Einstein
75013 Paris cedex 13

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