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Cardiff Symposium

1 November 2016

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 linguistics at Cardiff University.

The various talks during the symposium are open to all but places at the dinner reception and other meals are limited. If you are interested in joining us, please email Lise Fontaine –

Thursday, Jan 12th  

4.30 – 6.00 – Plenary lecture by Robin Fawcett – Influences and opportunities in/of the Cardiff Grammar [Aberdare Hall]

7pm – Dinner reception

Friday, Jan. 13th [John Percival Building]

10.00 – 12.00 – Computational linguistics theme (generation and understanding) – Influences and opportunities  [room 2.03]

  • Guest Speaker 1 – A view of the Cardiff Model of SFL from natural language understanding
  • Guest Speaker 2 – A view of the Cardiff Model of SFL from natural language generation
  • Open Discussion

12.00 – 2.00 Lunch 

2.00 – 4.00 – Lexicogrammar theme – Influences and opportunities (two talks followed by  discussion) [room 2.03]

  • Guest Speaker 3 – Lexis as most delicate grammar or grammar as most general lexis
  • Guest Speaker 4 – The construction of the transitivity system of Chinese based on the Cardiff Grammar
  • Open Discussion

4.00 – 4.30 coffee break

4.30 – 5.30 – Guest Speaker 5 – The Cardiff Grammar in the wider functional-cognitive context [room 2.03]

5.30pm – 6.15pm – Panel discussion and closing [room 2.03]

7pm + Evening meal