I am originally from Canada and I completed my undergraduate training in Linguistics at York University in Toronto. I joined the Centre for Language and Communication Research (CLCR) in 2004. Prior to moving to Cardiff, I lived in France and worked at the Université Paris-Dauphine, in Paris and the British Institute in Paris.
Teaching and Administrative responsibilities
I teach modules in grammar and word use and meaning. Functions of Grammar is taught to second students with a focus is on systemic functional grammar. Words and Meaning is a second year module which concentrates on developing students' understanding of words; we explore lexical semantics and relations. Language and the Mind is an introductory module to psycholinguistics.
I am the deputy to the director of studies responsible for years 2 and 3 and also e-learning champion.
Prof Patrick Hanks will be visiting us on Tuesday May 8th to give a talk on word meaning (Mechanisms of Meaning, see details below). The talk will start at 3:10pm in room 3.62. Mechanisms of Meaning Patrick Hanks Abstract What is meaning, and how exactly does it work? Word meaning is at best a very Read more
In May and June 2018, I will be giving a series of lectures at the LATTICE laboratory in Paris, with the support of the “Labex TransferS”, and collaborating with my host, Professor Shirley Carter Thomas Each talk will concentrate on different aspects of nominal or content-oriented meanings in language and will raise important theoretical questions Read more
Q&A with Halliday and Hasan In June 2013, Professor Halliday and Professor Hasan visited us at Cardiff University and held an informal Question and Answer session with staff and students. We loved having them visit us and we are very happy to share this video with you. You can view the video by clicking Read more
I’m very excited to announce that in April, we will be hosting Adolfo Garcia who will be giving two talks and a workshop on topics related to neurolinguistics, including psycholinguistics and cognitive linguistics. These events are open to all students and staff at Cardiff University. The description of each event is given below following the Read more
This year, Tom Bartlett will be delivering a series of lectures at Sun Yat-sen University in China as part of the annual Spring Lecture Series, which is hosted by the Functional Linguistics Institute. Please see below for the full schedule. Monday 16th April 4.20-6.00pm Sun Yat-sen University SFL and Ethnographic Approaches to Language Study Tuesday 17th April 4.20-6.00pm Sun Yat-sen Read more
Creating abstraction in school history writing: Grammatical metaphor Anne McCabe, Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus Friday March 9 at 12:10 pm in room 3.66, John Percival Building, Cardiff University This talk traces the abilities of Spanish secondary school students to write about history in English using the concept of grammatical metaphor (GM). After providing some Read more
A new series from Routledge Research, publishing research monographs and scholarly edited collections— Routledge Advances in Functional Linguistics Series Editors: Michelle Aldridge (Cardiff University, UK); Elissa D. Asp (Saint Mary’s University, Canada); Kasper Boye (University of Copenhagen, Denmark); and Lise Fontaine (Cardiff University, UK) Routledge Advances in Functional Linguistics investigates the relationships between theories and Read more
We are really pleased to announce two talks by Prof. Erich Steiner, Universität des Saarlandes, Germany. Please see below for details. January 10 2018 Models – predictions – data: an (un)problematic relationship? The example of Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) [abstract PDF] Time and Location: 12.10pm in room 3.58 in the John Percival Building January 12 2018 Read more
3rd Colloquium on Empirical Evidence and Theoretical Assumptions as part of the, 28th European Functional Linguistics Conference (ESFLC) 5th to 7th July 2018 in Pavia, Italy http://www-7.unipv.it/28esflc/ [PDF version] New: Extended deadline for submissions – Friday 19th January 2018 [revised January 2 2018] SFL has a rich history of describing discourse and linguistic phenomena through Read more
As we begin a new academic year, it’s nice to reflect back on the past year. It was very busy! We welcomed over 7 visiting scholars interested in SFL. Together with our postgraduate students, staff and visiting scholars we met several times over the year to discuss our research interests. We gave a lot of Read more