23rd European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference and Workshop (ESFLCW 2012)

Hosted by:
Center for Linguistic-Cultural Studies (CeSLiC)
Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bologna, Italy

With the support of:

Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Bologna

Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bologna

With the endorsement of: Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna

A Day in the Life of ESLFCW 2012, a short video filmed by University of Bologna students  (click on the image below to see the video).

The videos of the three plenary conferences are now online (click on the images below to see the videos).
coffin     Sarangi     Thompson 


Permeable contexts and hybrid discourses

The Theme is meant to address the increasingly typical nature of text and discourse: ‘hybridity’. In an SFL perspective, this means that the cultural and situational contexts that tend to activate meanings and wordings must also be seen as being ‘hybrid’, or as Hasan (2000) has more fittingly put it, ‘permeable’: “It is not simply that predetermined qualities of genres are being mixed, combined, hybridized: the fact of the matter is that by these devices people extend, elaborate and reclassify their discursive contexts. Derrida’s celebrated claim that one cannot not mix genres should really be rephrased as contexts of life cannot but be permeable; the rest follows by the dialectic of language and discursive situation”.

Caroline Coffin (Open University) – Abstract – Video
Srikant Sarangi (Cardiff University) – Abstract – Video
Geoff Thompson (University of Liverpool) – Abstract – Video

Definitive Programme ESFLCW2012
Portable Document Format

Donna R. Miller (Chair), Paul Bayley, Cinzia Bevitori, Jane H. Johnson, Enrico Monti (webmaster)

David Banks (Université de Bretagne Occidentale, France)
John Bateman (Universität Breman, Germany);
Sheena Gardner (Coventry University, UK)
Carlos A. M. Gouveia (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
Robin Fawcett (Cardiff University, UK)
Lise Fontaine (Cardiff University, UK)
Martin Kaltenbacher (Universität Salzburg, Austria)
Anne McCabe (St. Louis University, Madrid, Spain)
Stella Neumann (Universität des Saarlandes, Germany)
Mick O’Donnell (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)
Christopher Taylor (SSLIMIT, Trieste, Italy)
Carol Taylor Torsello (Università di Padova, Italy)
Sonja Starc (Univerza na Primorskem, Koper, Slovenia)
Erich Steiner (Universität des Saarlandes, Germany)
Elizabeth Swain (Università di Trieste, Italy)
Eija Ventola (Aalto-yliopisto, Finland)