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.

Latest posts

Creating abstraction in school history writing

Posted on 10 February 2018 by Lise

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
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Routledge Advances in Functional Linguistics

Posted on 8 January 2018 by Lise

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
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SFL week in Cardiff

Posted on 20 December 2017 by Lise

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
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CEETA 2018

Posted on 21 October 2017 by Lise

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 [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
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2017-18 plans

Posted on 10 October 2017 by Lise

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
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PhD studentship – Linguistics

Posted on 9 November 2016 by Lise

ESRC DTP General studentships Linguistics Pathway The Centre for Language and Communication Research (CLCR) at Cardiff University and the Language Research Centre (LRC) at Swansea University, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invite applications for PhD study in Linguistics, with the possibility of being awarded a fully-funded ESRC DTP Studentship,
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Cardiff Symposium

Posted on 1 November 2016 by Lise

We will be hosting the Cardiff Symposium: Influences and Opportunities, January 12-13 2017 at Cardiff University. This is a special event on the occasion of Professor Robin Fawcett’s birthday. Not only do we want to celebrate his birthday but we’d also like to acknowledge the huge contribution he has made to Systemic Functional Linguistics and to
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Plans for 2016-17

Posted on 10 September 2016 by Lise

We’ve had a busy start to the year with our 4th Summer School and Workshop, where we welcomed people from all over the world.  It’s always a pleasure to have new friends and old join us in Cardiff. We will be holding informal SFL seminars throughout the academic year. We are planning a symposium in
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Posted on 27 April 2016 by Lise

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
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Arianna Maiorani : movement meaning making processes

Posted on 21 April 2016 by Lise

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
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