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Lexical Movement Project

21 June 2018

Project launch: June 27-29, Cardiff University

Project Outline: This project focusses on lexical movement across languages.  The potential benefits of this work relate to bridging English and Chinese systems (among other languages), and beyond that to the fields of linguistics, intercultural communication, and education.  At present, while the grammar of systemic functional linguistics is well developed, the focus on lexical items is relatively limited.  This project aims to develop this area and to explain the ties between lexis and cultures, something which has the potential for significant theoretical value in the field.


Room 3.58 in the John Percival Building, Cardiff University

Day 1: Exploring the models of lexis (June 27)

2:30 – 3:30pm Where Lexis and Culture Meet (Derek Irwin)

3:30 – 4:00pm Lexis and Grammar as an Integrated System (Lise Fontaine)

4:00 – 4:30pm Lexical Learning and the classroom: a genre-based perspective (SHI Dan)

4:30 – 5:00pm open discussion


Day 2: Workshop-like seminars on issues related to the project (June 28)

2:00 – 2:45pm What we learn from multilingual theatre performance: a case study from Malaysia (Derek Irwin)

2:45 – 3:30pm The place of statistics in modelling lexical movement (Jamie Williams)

3:30 – 4:15pm Word formation and Nominalization in English (Lise Fontaine)

4:15 – 5:00pm Considering word formation in English and Chinese, an open discussion


Day 3: Project discussions and planning (June 29)

The final day will be spent discussing the potential and scope for formalising the collaboration. Open to those interested in contributing as a partner in the collaboration.



Dr Lise Fontaine is the Chair from the host institution (Cardiff University), Dr Derek Irwin is the Programme Chair, and Dr Dan Shi the Outreach and Recording chair.

Acknowledgements: We are grateful to the University of Nottingham Ningbo Campus for its financial support for this event through the award of the UNNC Provost’s International Collaborative Grant. We also thank Cardiff University for hosting this event.