The First Halliday-Hasan International Forum on Language. Language and Ideology

The First Halliday-Hasan International Forum on Language (“The H-H Forum” hereafter), supported by The Halliday-Hasan International Fund for the Study of Language and Other Systems of Meaning (“The H-H Fund for Linguistics” hereafter), will be held on 3–4 December 2016 at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China. The theme of the Forum is “Studying language in context: Exploring SFL advances in theorizing and appliability”. The keynote speakers include:

The keynote speakers include:
• Wendy Bowcher (Sun Yat-sen University, China): The semiotic sense of context vs. the material sense of context
• Heidi Byrnes (Georgetown University, United States): Context and language teaching
• Lise Fontaine (Cardiff University, United Kingdom): Context and lexicology
• Guowen Huang (South China Agricultural University, China): Context and translating
• Annabelle Lukin (Macquarie University, Australia): From system to instance: contextual strategies in text making
• Christian Matthiessen (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong): Context and projection
• Erich Steiner (Saarbrucken University, Germany): Context and translation
• Canzhong Wu (Macquarie University): Context and language computing
• Paul Thibault (University of Agder, Norway): Context, text, action, selves
• Jonathan Webster (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong): Context and verbal art
• Geoff Williams (University of Sydney, Australia): Context and language development
• Delu Zhang (Tongji University, China): Context and multimodality
Distinguished SFL scholars in China will be invited to participate in the Forum.
The H-H Forum also welcomes abstracts for poster presentation on the following themes:
• Multiple contexts in text
• Contextual retrieval from text: From listener’s perspective
• Historical/diachronic context vs. provisional/synchronic context
• Any other areas related to the study of context

The Inaugural Halliday-Hasan International Lecture Series (The H-H Lecture Series), also supported by “The H-H Fund for Linguistics”, will be launched on 28 November 2016, followed by a week-long lecture series by the internationally renowned systemic functional linguist, Dr. Annabelle Lukin, from Macquarie University, Australia. A brief introduction to the lectures can be found in the Appendix.
The H-H Forum and the H-H Lecture Series are both free for registration. SFL scholars from all around the world are cordially invited to join the events. Please register by emailing to by 31 October, 2016. More details about accommodation, traffic and other relevant information will be released soon.

The Foundation of “The H-H Fund for Linguistics”
Organizing Committee of “The H-H Forum” & “The H-H Lecture Series”
The Collaborative Innovation Centre for Language Research and Services
Centre for Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

Inaugural Halliday-Hasan lecture series:

 Language and Ideology

Dr. Annabelle Lukin
Department of Linguistics
Macquarie University
Talk Descriptions
Why is language so important to ideology? And what does the intimate and inextricable relation of these two phenomena tell us about their respective natures? While the literature on ideology is vast, and the role of language in ideology has been discussed in various linguistic treatises, these questions and their implications have remained unasked. Ideology is pervasive and powerful – it creates the conditions through which, from time to time, humans “mistake each other … for gods or vermin” (Eagleton 1991  7). Is the power of ideology a function of the role language plays in its production and reproduction?
In this series of lectures, I consider these questions through the work of key theorists in 20th century linguistics, with particular reference to Halliday and Hasan. I will begin with a discussion of the concept of ideology in the sociological literature. I then review how the concept of ideology has been discussed in various schools of linguistics/discourse analysis, with a view to considering how different conceptions of ideology in the linguistic literature are underpinned, explicitly or otherwise, by distinct concepts of the nature of language. We then consider the key influences on Halliday’s and Hasan’s views (scholars such as Saussure, Malinowski, Vološinov, Whorf, Firth and Bernstein), with particular reference to how their ideas help us develop a coherent, socio-semiotic account of ideology. This background gives us the basis for understanding how to theorize and analyze ideology from the perspective of Halliday’s and Hasan’s views on ideology. We will apply their ideas to a case study of ideology in news discourse. Participants will be encouraged to bring and discuss their own case studies of ideology.
DAY 1: What is ideology?
On day 1, we will consider the history of the concept of ideology in sociological and linguistic literature. Like language the concept of “ideology” is much debated and contested. We will review key dimensions of the various attempts to define ideology, and then start to consider what ideology must be like for it to be the powerful force that it is in the lives of human communities.

DAY 2: Ideology in linguistic theory.
On day 2, we will look at the origins of the concept of ideology in linguistics, and consider how different schools of linguistic theory envision the concept of ideology, and the relations of language and ideology. I will then discuss the scholars described by Halliday as his “ideological antecedents”, such as Saussure, Malinowski, Whorf, Hjelmslev, Firth and Bernstein. We will look at how these scholars, most of whom did not write directly about ideology, are important to understanding and describing ideology in general, and specific ideologies at work.

DAY 3: Ideology in a socio-semiotic account.
On day 3, we will focus on the concept of ideology in the writings of Halliday and Hasan. Halliday has never written a paper specifically focused on ideology, but the term turns up in various papers, and he explicitly draws on Gramsci’s concept in his discussions of ideology. Moreover, Halliday has described grammar as an “ideological interpretant built into language”. Hasan has written more extensively on ideology. Over her career, Hasan published four papers on ideology. In this lecture, I present the details of Hasan’s conception of ideology, and review two major domains of application of this concept in her work.

DAY 4 and Day 5: Ideology in reporting on war and violence
On the final two days of these lectures, I apply the concepts from the previous three days of lectures to my own case study of ideologies around “war” and “violence”. This demonstration will involve a range of linguistic tools and analyses, from detailed grammatical analysis, to the use of large, publically available corpora, such as the Google Books Corpus, and the British National Corpus. I will examine linguistic choices on various scales, from words and their collocations, to grammatical patterns, to rhetorical structures. I will also relate the study of ideology to the key concepts of “context of situation” and “context of culture”, notions which must be at the centre of a fully socio-semiotic account of any linguistic phenomena.

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