The 22nd European Systemic Functional Linguistics
Conference and Workshop:
9-12 July, 2010

Excursion, 12th July 2010

Summer School:  5-7 July, 2010
No charge for the course

Please note that registration for the summer school and the conference closes on 12 June 2010. There are still places left for the excursion and dinner, so please register.

Location:  University of Primorska, Koper, Slovenia

Conference Theme:

"The important thing about the nature of the text is that, although when we write it down it looks as though it is made of words and sentences, it is really made of meanings” (Halliday, 1989)
Halliday’s semantically driven model of language description provides an excellent tool for examining meanings at the level beyond the clause and is rich enough to account for various meaning relations in discourse. However, many of the knotty problems of meaning making emerge clearly only when one is trying to put the concepts into production.

Plenary speakers:
James Martin (University of Sydney): Abstract
Christopher Taylor (University of Trieste): Abstract
Eija Ventola (University of Helsinki): Abstract

Call for Papers

We strongly encourage paper submissions to ESFLCW10 to address the theme of 'complexities of meaning in text' in one of the following ways.
∗ Systemic Functional Linguistic theory
∗ Appraisal theory
∗ Coherence and cohesion
∗ Genre and intertextuality
∗ Multimodal texts - multimodality
∗ Critical discourse analysis
∗ Human language production and/or understanding
∗ Computational linguistics
∗ The practical analysis of the clause, text, and/or

Papers: We invite submission of abstracts of papers for presentation at the conference. Papers directly relevant to the conference theme will be preferred but we would also like to encourage submissions which link SFL with related linguistic theories where meaning also plays an important role (for example, other functional approaches, psycholinguistics, cognitive linguistics, etc.).
Papers focussing on other core concepts in SFL will also be accepted. Research on languages other than English is strongly encouraged. We also welcome submissions representing work in progress.
Presentations will be 20 minutes long plus 10 minutes for questions.

Workshops: We will be able to hold a small number of 1.5 hour workshops.
Workshops will need to be directly relevant to the theme.
A workshop may be, for example, a practical session, centred on carrying out the analysis of a text, either previously seen or not, the presentation of a challenging topic, followed by one or more discussants, or it could be a linked series of papers on a topic, and so on.
Please send a description of the workshop.
For each submission, please provide:

Please send abstracts by email to:

Closing date is extended to: 15th February 2010
Notification of acceptance by: 31st March 2010

CONFERENCE FEE: Early bird registration (till 20th April 2010): 180 EUR, late registration 200 EUR


•  Map of Koper

•  Programme

•  Call for Papers

•  Conference Events

•  Registration Form in MS WORD format

•  Registration Form in PDF format

To book a room please write to All Conference participants are eligible to a 20 % discount for the accomodation in  
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Hotel Koper and Aquapark hotel Žusterna, so make sure you mention "ESFL conference participant". Rooms are reserved for our participants, so there's no need to worry if the hotels result fully booked when you try to book a room online.

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Getting to Koper

Adria Airways

Official Conference airline. All Conference participants are eligible to a 20 % discount when flying with Adria Airways. Reference: »Koper 2010«
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Conference Organisation
Programme Committee
∗ David Banks (Université de Bretagne Occidentale)
Aleksandra Bizjak Končar (ZRC SAZU Ljubljana)
Lucija Čok (Univerza na Primorskem)
Robin Fawcett (Cardiff University)
Lise Fontaine (Cardiff University)
Carys Jones (King's College, University of London)
Irena Kovačič (Univerza v Ljubljani)
Simona Kranjc (Univerza v Ljubljani)
Arianna Maiorani (Loughborough University)
Vesna Mikolič (Univerza na Primorskem)
Peter Muntigl (Universität Salzburg)
Nina Nørgaard (Syddansk Universitet)
Michael O'Donnell (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Susanna Shore (Helsingin yliopisto)
Sonja Starc (Univerza na Primorskem)
Elizabeth Swain (Università degli studi di Trieste)
Geoff Thompson (University of Liverpool)
Local Organising Committee:

∗  Aleksandra Bizjak Končar
∗  Šarolta Godnič Vičič
∗  Sonja Starc
∗  Mojca Šauperl
∗  Tina Kadunec
∗  Jernej Vičič

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