Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association Conference 2019

1st Call for Papers

We are pleased to announce the first call for papers for the 2019 Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association Conference, to be held at The University of Sydney from Wednesday 2nd to Friday 4th October. The pre-conference institute will run between Monday 30thSeptember – Tuesday 1st October. The conference will be linked with the Sydney Centre for Language Research (SCLR) at the University of Sydney.

As this year is the UNESCO year of Indigenous Languages, the conference theme will be ‘Making connections: Looking out, looking in, looking forward’ to celebrate the Indigenous languages of Australia and overseas as well as SFL’s links with other disciplines. More broadly, the program will reflect bilingual education in Indigenous languages, the deep concerns of Systemic Functional Linguistics for both descriptive and theoretical issues in language and semiotics, as well as highly practical approaches to applied areas such as clinical linguistics, educational linguistics, computational linguistics and the digital humanities, and translation.

Call for papers:

We are inviting the submission of abstracts related to the conference theme on a broad and inclusive basis. We particularly encourage submission of abstracts from early-career researchers, including postgraduate research students and postdoctoral researchers, and those coming in from overseas. All proposals will be peer-reviewed by the conference program committee.

Presentation Format

  • Full papers consist of a 30-minute talk followed by 5 minutes for questions and discussion. The word limit for abstracts is 250 words (excluding the word count for references).
  • Colloquia: As we will only have space for a small number of colloquia,please email us separately if you intend to submit a proposal for a colloquium and we can discuss it.

Important deadlines

  • Deadline for abstract submission: 23rdApril 2019
  • Notification of acceptance:  20thMay 2019

We shall send through the details of abstract submission in the next week, and shall also announce the line-up of keynotes and workshops.

Please note that in order to lessen the registration costs and make attendance affordable to a wider cross-section of our community, catering will not be provided. Sydney University offers a number of excellent food and coffee outlets in the Camperdown campus, and it is located near the very popular Glebe and Newtown food areas.

We will publish further information on the workshops, plenaries and keynotes, and conference registration on our website soon:

We look forward to seeing you all in Sydney.

Co-convenors: Dr Yaegan Doran, Dr Alexandra García, Dr Eszter Szenes and Prof. James Martin