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28TH EUROPEAN SYSTEMIC FUNCTIONAL
LINGUISTICS CONFERENCE 2018 / 28ESFLC18
5-6-7 JULY 2018 (Thursday through Saturday)

UNIVERSITY OF PAVIA, ITALY
CONFERENCE THEME: SYSTEMIC FUNCTIONAL LINGUISTICS ON LANGUAGE, SPECIALISED KNOWLEDGE AND LITERACY

CONFERENCE CONVENOR
Maria Freddi, University of Pavia

CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION
The strong interrelation between knowledge and language in the global latitude of what
has been dubbed the “knowledge society” calls for a renewed discussion on how
systemic functional linguistics has contributed to exploring the relation between language
and specialised knowledge and how it can continue to contribute to literacy development.

The language-knowledge-literacy triad has been the concern of SFL from the beginning,
the relationship between wording and meaning, the notion of language as a resource and
an interest in “co-variation between linguistic and social phenomena” being its very
essence (e.g. Halliday 1961, 1966).

However, it has taken many directions and different foci, among which, the language of
science and technology, specialised knowledge and genre communication, school
literacy and advanced academic literacies, language and specialised knowledge in
diachrony, literacy and the literary text, and multimodal literacies, including the cultural
revolution brought about by the internet and the new media.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Jim Donohue, Queen Mary University London
Donna R. Miller, University of Bologna
Wolfgang Zydatiss, Humboldt University Berlin

CALL FOR PAPERS
28ESFLC2018 aims to attract contributions variously concerned with the conference
theme, create a venue for discussion and scientific exchange around SFL educational
vocation, help develop culturally literate citizens that can participate fully in today’s
knowledge society.
Contributions addressing the following conference sub-themes and strands are especially
welcome (in alphabetical order):
• advanced academic literacies;
• the congruent and incongruent mapping of grammar and semantics and the challenges of
academic and scientific discourse;
• cultural literacy and the literature text;
• disciplinary knowledge, language and metalanguage;
• literacy practices and literacy development;
• the mastery of communication in different registers / genres.
Conference strands (in alphabetical order):
• SFL and academic literacies
• SFL and education
• SFL and genre theory
• SFL and language awareness
• SFL and Legitimation Code Theory
• SFL and multimodal literacies
• SFL and register theory
• SFL and specialised knowledge, LSP, ESP/EAP/EOP
• SFL and verbal art, ELLT (English Language and Literature Teaching)
Abstract submissions for individual papers should be 250 words maximum plus a short
indicative bibliography. Abstracts ought to clearly state the aim of the contribution and
explain how it relates to previous or current work within SFL or other research
frameworks, especially within educational linguistics. Abstracts should also describe the
main part of the presentation and give key references. The exclusive working language of
the conference is English; time slots allocated will be 20 minutes for presentations
followed by 5 minutes for Q&A. Abstracts must be submitted in English via EasyChair.
Separate call for papers with instructions on how to submit your abstract will be issued
for the two Colloquia.
DATES AND DEADLINES
Call for papers opens Friday 6th October 2017
Deadline for submissions Friday 5th January 2018
Notification of acceptance Saturday 3rd February 2018

Please visit the conference webpage for further information and questions about the
conference: http://www-7.unipv.it/28esflc/

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