Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association 2015 Conference

2015 ASFLA conference

The 2015 conference of the Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association (ASFLA) will be held in Brisbane in the week beginning Monday 28 September 2015. The venue for the conference will be the St Lucia campus of The University of Queensland which is located on the Brisbane River.

Literature in general and stories in particular have played a significant role in the history of Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL). For example, Michael Halliday’s (1971) reading of The Inheritors by William Golding has been credited with turning many people on to SFL. And, Halliday (1978) also used his analysis of James Thurber’s ‘The Lover and his Lass’ to exemplify the sociosemantic nature of discourse.

This conference, therefore, puts story, literature and ‘verbal’ art front and centre. What role has literature played in the development of SFL? What does SFL offer researchers and teachers in understanding how stories and other types of literature work? How can it be used to improve our ability to read and write literary texts? What developments are occurring (or required) to better understand the workings of long-form and multimodal literary texts? What do ‘literature’ and ‘verbal art’ mean in 2015? How concerned should SFL even be with literature anymore?

However, we would also love to hear researchers’ own stories as they use SFL to explore a range of texts in a wide variety of contexts.

Conference Details

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ASFLA Conference Call for Papers

Published date: 11 Feb 2015