Dear all,

We are pleased to RE-announce that the 47th International Systemic Functional Congress (ISFC 47) will be held at the University of Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China, from July 21–23 (PCI 47 & & CSW 21) to July 25–27 (ISFC 47 & CNCDA 18) in 2022. Pre-recorded presentations are suggested for any participants who would like to do so and real-time Q-&-A sessions will be arranged after each speech online, whether in plenary presentation or in session.

The theme of the Congress is:

 SYSTEMIC FUNCTIONAL LINGUISTICS AND PRAXIS: Sustaining dialogue between theory and practice



(Alex) Xuanwei Peng |The University of Shenzhen

Geoff Williams |The University of Shenzhen & The University of Sydney



This congress will be an opportunity to re-examine praxis in SFL as it continues to expand globally and into new domains of activity. Praxis has been a key concept throughout the development of SFL. Halliday, in reflecting on the Marxist origins of SFL in his contribution to The Bloomsbury Companion to M.A.K. Halliday, commented:


  … I have always thought of linguistic theory as something to be applied, to real problems either in research or in some domain of practice; eventually I came up with the term ‘appliable’ linguistics to encapsulate this preoccupation with a theory as a mode of action that is based on understanding. It is of course not specifically Marxist, except perhaps in the notion that there are cycles of mutual reinforcement between practice and theory: theory improves the effectiveness of practice, and practice contributes to the ongoing refinement of theory (Halliday 2015: 97).


The organising committee again welcomes papers which address the interface between SFL theory and research/practice, oriented from either starting point, or which report advances in the ‘appliability’ of SFL using new theoretical developments.


The Congress is interested in but not confined to the following issues:

1. Developments in SFL Theory and Description

2. Case Studies of Individual Languages

3. Emerging Areas for SFL Transdisciplinary Research

4. Grammatical Metaphor and Discourse Strategies

5. Translation Studies

6. Ecolinguistics

7. Healthcare Communication

8. Clinical Linguistics

9. Language Education

10. Disciplinary English

11. Linguistic Studies of Literary Texts

12. Legal Registers 

13. Multimodality/Multisemiosis

14. Corpus Research

15. Comparison of Contemporary Online Texts in Different Languages

16. Advances in Digitally-Based Research Methodologies

17. Semiotics and Applied Linguistics in Theoretical Orientations

18. SFL in relation to Modern Sciences (e.g. Quantum Mechanics, Theories of Complex Systems, Cybernetics, System Theory, Information Theory)


Confirmed Invited Speakers for Beginners and Advanced SFLers:

CSW 21 & PCI 47 Speakers

1. CHENGUANG CHANG (常晨光), Sun Yat-sen University, China

2. YAN FANG (方琰), Tsinghua University, China

3. ZHANZI LI (李战子), National University of Defense Technology, China

4. CHENGYU LIU (刘承宇), Southwest University, China

5. XINGWEI MIAO (苗兴伟), Beijing Normal University, China

6. CHUANYOU YUAN (袁传有),Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China

7. BINGJUN YANG (杨炳钧), Shanghai Jiaotong University, China

8. CHUNYU HU(胡春雨),Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China

9. ZHONG YANG (杨忠), Northeast China Normal University, China

10. HUI YU (于晖), Beijing Normal University, China

11. DELU ZHANG (张德禄), Tongji University, China

12. YONGSHENG ZHU (朱永生), Fudan University, China

13. MEENA DEBASHISH, English and Foreign Languages University, India

14. YAEGAN DORAN, University of Sydney & Australian Catholic University, Australia

15. EDWARD MCDONALD, Independent Scholar, Australia

16. MICK O’DONNELL, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain


ISFC 47 & CNCDA 18 Plenary Speakers

1. JOHN A. BATEMAN, University of Bremen, Germany

2. DAVID BUTT, Macquarie University, Australia

3. SHOOSHI DREYFUS, University of Wollongong, Australia

4. LISE FONTAINE, Cardiff University, United Kingdom

5. WEI HE (何伟) , Beijing Foreign Studies University, China

6. THEO VAN LEEUWEN, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark / University of New South Wales, Australia

7. JAMES R. MARTIN, University of Sydney, Australia

8. CHRISTIAN MATTHIESSEN, Hunan University, China

9. TERESA OTEÍZA, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile

10. PIN WANG (王品), Shanghai Jiaotong University, China

11. YANNING YANG (杨延宁), East China Normal University, China


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