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posted itemPosted - 01/02/2010 :  15:17:40


Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics

Research Seminar


Teaching and Researching Systemic Functional Linguistics in the Mainland of China


Presented by


Professor Huang Guowen

School of Foreign Languages, Sun Yat-sen University



5 February 2010 (Friday)


2:30 - 4:00pm


B7603 (Lift 3, 7/F., Blue Zone), Academic Building, CityU





It has been more than 30 years since Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) was first introduced to the mainland of China.  The past three decades have witnessed the rapid development of SFL studies in the Chinese context, in terms of the number of active researchers, the number of universities which offer SFL courses, and the publication of journal papers and research monographs.  However, a critical review of the present Chinese SFL situation will also reveal some of the problems and dilemmas encountered by Chinese systemicists.

The purpose of this talk is two-fold: (1) to present a survey of the SFL research situation in China by reviewing the Chinese national SFL activities (e.g., annual national SFL conferences and other SFL seminars, publications of paper and monographs, MA and PhD courses taught), and (2) to evaluate the Chinese SFL situation by comparing it with the international SFL situations. 

The discussion of the study will suggest (1) some problems in SFL studies that should be clearly understood and solved, (2) the areas of SFL research that need to be further investigated, and (3) focuses of research that need to be paid attention to by Chinese systemicists.  The talk will also discuss some implications of the present research.




Huang Guowen received his first PhD in Applied Linguistics (University of Edinburgh) in 1992 and his second PhD in Systemic Functional Linguistics (University of Wales, Cardiff) in 1996.  He is a Professor at the School of Foreign Languages, Sun Yat-sen University, China and Director of Functional Linguistics Institute at the same university. Currently he is Deputy Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Systemic Functional Linguistics Association and Chair of China Association of Functional Linguistics.  He publishes extensively both in China and abroad and serves/served as an editorial/advisory committee member for several journals, including Linguistics and the Human Sciences (Equinox), Journal of Applied Linguistics (Equinox), and Social Semiotics (Carfax).  He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Monograph Series Discussions in Functional Approaches to Language (Equinox). His research interests include Systemic Functional Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Applied Linguistics and Translation Studies.


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