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LINGUIST List 25.2625

Tue Jun 17 2014

Calls: Linguistic Theories, General Linguistics/Tunisia

Editor for this issue: Anna White <awhitelinguistlist.org>

Date: 17-Jun-2014
From: Lise Fontaine <FontaineLcf.ac.uk>
Subject: 1st Tunisian International Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference and Workshop
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Full Title: 1st Tunisian International Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference and Workshop

Date: 26-Mar-2015 - 28-Mar-2015
Location: Hammamet, Tunisia
Contact Person: Akila Baklouti
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.tsflcw2015.syflatunisia.tn

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Linguistic Theories

Call Deadline: 30-Nov-2014

Meeting Description:

Since its advent in the 1960s, Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) has tried to “provide something to think with, a framework of related concepts that can be drawn on in many different contexts where there are problems that turn out to be, when investigated, essentially problems of language” Halliday (2009: viii). In fact, SFL has attracted the attention of scholars in a wide range of domains who have used it as a theoretical resource to analyze various types of texts, describe a significant number of languages and offer theoretical explications of how language and other semiotic systems work. The continual progress and evolution of SFL as a fully developed linguistic theory has made of it more than just an efficient analytic tool as it has gained the power to contribute to the development of many domains, ranging from those which are theory-oriented such as (Critical) Discourse Analysis, and Computational Linguistics to those which are quite practical where problems have to be solved, such as Language Learning and Teaching and Clinical Applications, to cite a few.

Thanks to this functional orientation and this “daring to develop appliable linguistics when application was a sign of theoretical impurity” (Matthiessen, 2014), SFL has raised theoretical debates with other formally/structurally-oriented accounts/theories of language. This dialogical interaction with other theories can be seen not only as sign of complementarity, as it is “unlikely that any one account of language will be appropriate for all purposes” (Halliday, 1994), but also as evidence for this complex phenomenon that has intrigued linguists and philosophers since the ancient Greek times: Language.

Upon this rests the theme of the conference with the aim of bringing together researchers from different fields to contribute to the debate on the SFL Applications (appliability of SFL analytic framework to other disciplines) and Implications (theoretical interaction with other theories).

Call for Papers:

The conference welcomes multidisciplinary researches and perspectives on the implications and applications of SFL in connection with, but not limited to, the following topics:

- SFL and Language Learning/Teaching
- SFL and other Language Theories
- SFL and (Critical) Discourse Analysis
- SFL and Genre Theory
- SFL and Computational Linguistics
- SFL and Translation Studies
- SFL and Literary Criticism
- SFL and ESP/ EAP
- SFL and Sociolinguistics
- SFL and Forensic Linguistics
- SFL and Language Impairment
- SFL and Language Development
- SFL and Appraisal Theory
- SFL and Multimodality and Multimodal Literacy
- SFL and Corpus Linguistics
- SFL and the Teaching of Literature
- SFL and Culture Studies
- SFL and the Description of Languages

Abstracts (250 words maximum, Word format) should be sent to syflatunisiagmail.com.

Abstracts should include the following:

- Title of the proposed paper
- First and family name of author(s)
- Institutional affiliation
- Current position/academic title
- Email address
- At least 5 key words that best describe the subject area of your submission

The working languages of the conference are English and French. Abstracts may be submitted in either language. If accepted, abstracts will be published in the Book of Abstracts.

Important Dates:

Deadline for submission: 30 November 2014
Notification of acceptance: 10 December 2014

If accepted, conference participants should prepare presentations lasting no more than 20 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions (chairpersons will be also asked to leave 5 minutes for conference-goers to change seminar rooms.) Projectors will be provided in all rooms (other equipment may also be made available, if requested in advance).

The program committee looks forward to reading your proposals!

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