27th European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference

27th European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference:

Systemic Functional Linguistics at the Crossroads: Intercultural and Contrastive Descriptions of Language

Plaza de Anaya s/n 37008

SFL Summer School: 28/June/2017

Conference: 29/June/2017 – 01/July/2017


Prospective contributions for Paper and Poster Presentations

Contributions are welcome for the following thematic strands and colloquia, albeit, as in previous conferences, papers with a systemic functional focus will also be considered even if they do not address the conference themes:


Thematic Panel Sessions

–      SFL at Intercultural Crossroads: This strand focuses on work which presents analyses or addresses questions related to contexts of situation which are better described in terms of diversity and hybridization, including those defined by intercultural metaphors like ‘melting pots’ or ‘salad bowls’, or labelled as multicultural, intercultural, or cross-cultural.

–      SFL at Contrastive Crossroads: Contrastive description is being revealed as a fruitful avenue to explore language behaviour at all levels and with a variety of purposes. Examples range from paradigmatic patterns and diverging syntagmatic realizations, to theoretical as well as practical implications for language learning, to name just a few.

–      SFL at Crossroads in Linguistics and Beyond: This strand focuses on theoretical approaches and practical applications, particularly those which consider intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary complex frameworks, such as SFL and Discourse Analysis, SFL and Critical Discourse Analysis, SFL and Cognitive Linguistics, SFL and Literacy and Education, SFL and Translation, etc.

–      SFL at the Cutting Edge of Descriptions of Language: The focus of this strand is on up-to-date theoretical and practical accounts of language from a systemic functional perspective, as well as challenges and pointers for future in both theoretical and descriptive linguistics.

Colloquia within the Conference:

–      1er Coloquio ‘La LSF en/del Español’ / 1st Colloquium: ‘SFL in/of Spanish’ (Language of this colloquium: Spanish)

–      2nd Colloquium ‘Empirical Evidence and Theoretical Assumptions in SFL’ (Language of this colloquium: English) (please check the conference website for this CFP)


Submissions (papers and posters for thematic strands and colloquia)


Abstracts (300 words maximum, plus a short list of key references) should contain a statement of the aim of the contribution, and should make clear how the paper relates to previous and/or current work within SFL and to the panel and/or colloquium chosen. Abstracts should provide a description of the main contents and results to be presented. If a proposal is not accepted for a colloquium, it will still be considered for one of the panels of the conference, so a panel should also be chosen when submitting for a colloquium just in case the proposal does not fit in the colloquium.

Maximum number of proposals per person (papers and posters): 2 co-authored or 1 single-authored + 1 co-authored


SFL Pre-Conference Institute


Date: 28th June, 2017

Workshops will be offered in a variety of topics, including SFL analysis of Spanish (Arús), language analysis by means of UAM CorpusTool (O’Donnell), advanced issues in SFL (Bartlett; Bolívar) and others. Please check our website for update information on the workshops and registration procedure.


Confirmed Plenary Speakers


Jorge Arús Hita (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)

Tom Bartlett (Cardiff University, UK)

Adriana Bolívar (Universidad Central de Venezuela, Venezuela)

Annabelle Lukin (Macquarie University, Australia)

Mick O’Donnell (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)


‘Geoff Thompson’ Invited Lecture and ESFLA Young Scholar Bursary


In honour of Geoff Thompson’s immense contribution to systemic functional linguistics, the European Systemic Functional Linguistics Association sponsors a bursary each year for the European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference. The bursary provides support for a young scholar whose conference paper draws significantly on Geoff’s work. Requirements and instructions for applications for 2017 ESFLA bursary are available at the conference website.


In addition, the conference will also celebrate Geoff Thompson’s work and dedication to extending systemic functional linguistics by inviting a speaker with a long trajectory within the European association. Our Guest Speaker will be Mick O’Donnell (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and UAM CorpusTool creator).


Dates and Deadlines


Deadline for submissions: Submission period open until 30 November 2016

Notice of acceptance: 15 January 2017

Early-bird registration (all): 15 January to 31 March 2017

Ordinary registration period (all): 1-30 April 2017

Extension of registration period for attendees only: up to 25 June 2017


More information at http://eventum.usal.es/go/esflc2017


For any queries please contact esfl2017@usal.es