We’ve created a page on this blog to host an archive of the NETWORK newsletter, which was first launched in 1981. The newsletter was set up to inform people about what was going on in systemic linguistics.   So far only the first three issues have been added – hopefully more will follow soon.  Issue 2 includes the original publication of Margaret Berry’s 1981 paper entitled, Towards Layers of Exchange Structure for Directive Exchanges.

Please click here to view the NETWORK page.

Arianna Maiorani : movement meaning making processes

Working towards new horizons: FG interdisciplinary applications from visual dynamicity to movement meaning making processes

March 6 2016

Arianna Maiorani  (Loughborough University)

This seminar will cover a new area of interdisciplinary research that involves the use of my Functional Grammar of Movement and is being developed through an interdisciplinary research project with Healthcare Engineering and Computer Science.

My initial questions when working on the idea of a description of the semiotics of dance movement were principally related to the interpretation of specific choreographic creations. However, the research project in which I am currently involved promises to open much larger horizons for new directions of theoretical research as well as applications, thus once more highlighting the fantastic flexibility and adaptability of the Halliday’s Functional Grammar. The seminar will also address some of my previous research in relation to space as a semiotic dimension which informed the creation of the Functional Grammar of Dance, and it will present some future and very promising developments of the current research.

To watch the video of the presentation, please click on the link below:
Working towards new horizons: FG interdisciplinary applications from visual dynamicity to movement meaning making processes

In honour of Professor Ruqaiya Hasan

Operationalizing Creativity: Hasan and the systematic study of verbal art

Rebekah Wegener, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

March 15 2016, 12.10 – 13.00 in room 0.31 John Percival Building, Cardiff University.

Rebekah Wegener

On March 15 2016, we held a special event to pay tribute to Professor Ruqaiya Hasan.  We invited Rebekah Wegener to give a talk as part of a series of events we organised at Cardiff University in March.   You can listen to the talk by watching the video below which is synced to the slides. Unfortunately we had a technical glitch and we somehow didn’t record Rebekah while she was talking so in the video you will be able to hear her talk and see her slides but not watch her.

To read a tribute to Professor Ruqaiya Hasan, please follow this link: Ruqaiya Hasan: A life well lived.


Tribute to Geoff Thompson, by Susan Hunston

As part of our Symposium on Register, which was held on March 14 2017, we held a Wine and Cheese Reception in honour of Professor Geoff Thompson. We recorded the tribute made by Professor Susan Hunston, who worked closely with Geoff over many years.  This is our small way of remembering Geoff. He was a very important friend to us in Cardiff and to our LinC research network.

Following Susan’s talk, we opened the floor to give the opportunity to those who wished to to share their memories and feelings. Please feel free to leave your own tribute or comments as a response.

Last year in March many of us had the pleasure of attending the First Tunisian Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference where Geoff was one of the plenary speakers. You can view his plenary talk from that conference here.

We will really miss Geoff for all of the reasons that Susan mentions in her tribute and much more.

Workshop on Language Typology

We will be holding a series of workshops on language typology over the month of February. This is included as part of our ARR in SFL.

Dr Beatriz Quiroz from the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Chile, who has been awarded a Visiting Fellow scholarship by the university, will be giving a three-part workshop on Language Typology from an SFL Perspective as part of our Advanced Research Residency in Systemic Functional Linguistics.  Everyone is welcome.

The dates are as follows:

Wed Feb 3rd 4pm-7pm

Wed Feb  10th 5pm-8pm

Thurs Feb 18th 4pm-7pm

All sessions are in the John Percival Building in Room 3.62 at Cardiff University.  More details about each session will follow soon.

Symposium on Register in SFL

UPDATED PROGRAMME – SFL symposium on register (PDF)

As part of the Advanced Research Residency (ARR) in Systemic Functional Linguistics,  we have organised a symposium on register on March 14 2016. (click here for the registration form)

This is a free event but places are limited so we are asking everyone to complete the registration form (see link below) to indicate their interest in attending. We will then confirm a place (or not). Priority will be given to visiting scholars who have come to Cardiff to take part in the ARR in SFL.

Geoff Thompson was originally invited to take part in the symposium and we cannot run the symposium without honouring him and his work so we have added a special session to the end of the programme, which will be open to all.

Following the symposium, on March 15th, we have a special lecture dedicated to Ruqaiya Hasan, which will be given by Rebekah Wegener (RWTH Aachen University).  It seems unbelievable that we have lost two great scholars and colleagues so tragically and suddenly in such a short time.

On the 16th of March as part of our regular CLCR research seminar series, we also have an SFL related topic by Arianna Maiorani (Loughborough University).

So please consider joining us for three days of SFL fun!

March 14 – Symposium on Register in an SFL perspective

9.00 – 9.50 Elke Teich (Universität des Saarlandes) Information Density in Scientific Writing: A Diachronic Perspective

10.30 – 12.30

 Rebekah Wegener (RWTH Aachen University) Mixed Methods in Linguistics: exploring the challenges of data combination through four different projects

Stella Neumann (RWTH Aachen University) Quantifying register in a systemic functional perspective

12:30-1:30 Lunch


Rebekah Wegener (RWTH Aachen University) Mixed Methods in Linguistics: exploring the challenges of data combination through four different projects

Stella Neumann (RWTH Aachen University) Quantifying register in a systemic functional perspec

2:30-3:30 Coffee


Mick O’Donnell (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)  Using corpus software to explore register

Lise Fontaine (Cardiff University) Introduction to using the UAM CorpusTool

6.00-6:45 Susan Hunston (Birmingham University) Tribute to Geoff Thompson

6:45 – 8:00  Wine and cheese reception

To register your interest in attending please complete this form.


March 15 – Special lecture in honour of Professor Ruqaiya Hasan

12.10 – 13.00 in room 0.31 John Percival Building

Operationalizing Creativity: Hasan’s contribution to the systematic study of verbal art

Rebekah Wegener (RWTH Aachen University)

(no registration needed)

March 16 – CLCR research seminar series

Working towards new horizons: FG interdisciplinary applications from visual dynamicity to movement meaning making processes

Arianna Maiorani (Loughborough University)

(no registration needed)

4th LinC Summer School and Workshop

We are really pleased to announce the 4th LinC summer school and workshop.  We have an exciting programme lined up.

Click here for details of how to register and to find out more about the programme.

The goal of the summer school is to offer training and scholarship in both understanding the Systemic Functional Linguistic (SFL) theory of language and applying it to real-world challenges.

Our 2016 team of instructors includes:

  • Chris Taylor, Università di Trieste
  • Geoff Thompson, University of Liverpool
  • Gerard O’Grady, Cardiff University
  • Gordon Tucker, Cardiff University
  • Jorge Arus Hita, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Lise Fontaine, Cardiff University
  • Mick O’Donnell, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Miriam Taverniers, Ghent University
  • Mohamed Bardi, Macquarie University
  • Paul Tench, Cardiff University
  • Robin Fawcett, Cardiff University
  • Tom Bartlett, Cardiff University
  • William McGregor, Universität Trier

 As in previous years, the summer school offers two parallel courses:

1.Introduction to Systemic Functional Linguistics
2.SFL and Languages other than English

Call for Poster Presentations

The call for poster presentations has now closed but if you are interested in submitting an abstract please email to find out if your abstract can be considered.


Embedded Literacy

Working Together on grammar and writing across subject areas and key stages

Cardiff University Monday, 22nd June 2015, 9:15am – 4pm

I’ve organised this event for teachers, researchers and educational professionals to focus attention on how we can work together to develop and deliver effective embedded literacy in classrooms. This event follows on from our very successful CPD Workshop on Grammar and Writing.

I’m very excited about bringing together experts from England and Spain and in addition to my own workshop on grammar and the noun phrase, we’ll have great sessions from Lindsey Thomas (Buckinghamshire Learning Trust), Urszula Clark (Aston University), Rachel Whittaker (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and Anne McCabe (Saint Louis University in Madrid).  Descriptions of the workshops are available here.

We hope that teachers, Head Teachers and other educational specialists will join us for this full day conference on Embedded Literacy, where we will be sharing good practice and working together to find practical and productive ways of developing research-informed literacy projects with interested schools.

The event is open to all teachers or professionals working with embedded literacy. The registration fee is £20 (to cover individual catering costs for the day). Cardiff University is offering a limited number of funded spaces for teachers and this includes the costs of supply cover for teachers to attend the full day, as well as the registration fee and transportation costs (within a limit, please email for details).

For details of the event and for information about how to register, please visit:

Advanced Research Residency in SFL

The Linguistics in Cardiff (LinC) research network is inviting applications for a limited number of places on our Advanced Research Residency in Systemic Functional Linguistics, which will run from February 1st 2016 to May 31st 2016.

The Advanced Research Residency (ARR) scheme brings together researchers with related interests for a series of research workshops in the context of an opportunity for completing their own independent research project. The ARR in Systemic Functional Linguistics will include most if not all of the following:

  • A day-long LinC symposium on a specific theme related to Systemic Functional Linguistics
  • Participation in the regular meetings of the LinC research network
  • Attendance at the CLCR Research Seminars (with some guest speakers in SFL)
  • Auditing of masters-level and undergraduate modules in systemic functional grammar, phonology and intonation, words and meaning, corpus linguistics, discourse analysis and genre and ideology.

ARR members have the same facilities as other visiting scholars on our various schemes and pay the same fees. They may ask for their total time at Cardiff to be longer than the ARR period, in which case they will have the normal status of a visitor outside the ARR period. Regrettably, no funding is available to support ARR members’ costs. However, having a confirmed place may help you secure funding from another source, and if you are accepted onto the ARR, your place will be held for you while you apply. If you are interested in applying for this scheme, please visit our website ( for general information and guidance about becoming a visiting scholar with us. To apply for a place on the Cardiff SFL ARR, please email to check if places are still available and then complete a regular application for a visiting scholar place (see guidance on our website), indicating that you wish to participate in the ARR in Systemic Functional Linguistics.

For informal inquiries, please contact Lise Fontaine (, Tom Bartlett ( or Gerard O’Grady ( This is the third such residency.

This year we held one in Formulaic Language and Lexis and next year (2015) there is one in Language and Law.