Paul John Thibault

Personal Details and Current Appointment

 

Date and Place of Birth : 1st July 1953; Waratah, N.S.W., Australia.

Marital Status: Married; one daughter; (Ilaria Thibault).

Citizenship: Australian.

Languages: English (native speaker); Italian, French, German.

Current Appointment : full professor, linguistics and media communication, Agder University College, Kristiansand, Norway.

NOTE: Winner of a national competition in November 2002 with a unanimous vote on the part of the selection committee for the title of “full professor” (professore ordinario).

Web site: www.semioticon.com/people/thibault/htm of the Open Semiotics Research Center; See also www.chass.utoronto.ca/epc/srb of the Semiotic Review of Books

 

Work Address:

Høgskolen i Agder ( Agder University College),
Avdeling for humanistiske fag,
Serviceboks 422,
4604 Kristiansand,
NORWAY.
tel. +47 38141058 (office: direct line)


email:
mab1178@iperbole.bologna.it

pauljthibault@hotmail.com

pauljthibault@yahoo.com

 

Curricullum Vitae
Degrees Awarded
Research Interests
Teaching Experience 
Materials Prepared for Didactic Purposes
Administrative Experience 
University Prizes, Scholarships, and Professional Awards
List of Publications
Editorial Activities
Funded Projects
Current Research Projects
Conferences, Seminars and Workshops
Referees

Curriculum Vita

  • 1966 - 1971: Higher School Certificate; Newcastle Technical High School, N.S.W., Australia;

  • 1972 - 1975: B.A. Honours degree course in English Language and Literature and General Linguistics; University of Newcastle, N.S.W., Australia. Title of Honours thesis: 'Language structure and language function in Henry James' "The Golden Bowl"';

  • Awarded B.A. (Hons. Class 1) in English Language and Literature and Linguistics, Faculty of Arts, University of Newcastle (Australia) on 23 April 1976; Honours degree thesis supervised by Prof. David G. Mowatt;

  • Awarded Ph.D., Department of Linguistics, University of Sydney on 2 December 1985; thesis supervised by Prof. M.A.K. Halliday; co-supervised by Prof. Roger G. Fowler;


  • Lecturer (part-time), Department of Linguistics, University of Newcastle from March to August 1977;

  • June 1992 nominated Teaching Assistant to Prof. Ann Shukman, Third International Summer Institute for Semiotic and Structuralist Studies, University of Toronto;

  • 23/02/82 to 25/11/83 Tutor (full-time) in the Comparative Literature and Communication Studies programs, School of Humanities, Murdoch University (Western Australia);

  • 1984/85 Lector ('Lettore') in English language, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Bologna;

  • 1986, Lecturer (temporary) in English Language and Linguistics, Department of English, University of Sydney;

  • 1987/88 and 1988/89, Visiting Professor ('Professore a contratto') in Language and Education in the Department of Educational Sciences, Facoltà di Magistero, University of Verona;

  • 3/6/87 to 20/2/89, Lecturer in Linguistics, Semiotics and Literary Theory, Department of Italian, University of Sydney;

  • 1988, Lecturer in Systemic-Functional Linguistics, Department of Linguistics, University of Sydney;

  • 1989/90, Lector ('Lettore') in English language, Scuola Superiore di Lingue Moderne per Traduttori e Interpreti, University of Bologna at Forlì;

  • 1990/91 and 1991/92, Lector ('Lettore') in English language in the Instituto di Discipline Linguistiche, Facoltà di Economia e Commercio, University of Bologna;

  • November 1992-October, Associate Professor in English Language and Linguistics, Facoltà di Psicologia and Dipartimento di Linguistica, Facoltà di Lettere, Università degli Studi di Padova;

  • November 1994-November 1995, supply teaching appointment as associate professor in English Language and Linguistics in the Dipartimento di Letterature e Civiltà Anglo-Germaniche, Facoltà di Lingue e Letterature Straniere, Università degli Studi di Venezia;

  • November 1995-September 2004, transferred position of Associate Professor from the University of Padua to the University of Venice;

  • November 1996-present, Foundation Faculty Member, Cyber Semiotics Institute (University of Toronto); WWW site: http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/epc/srb

  • November 1998-November 2001, supply teaching as associate professor in English linguistics, Facoltà di Scienze della Formazione, University of Bologna;

  • 31 st January 2002-31 st December 2002, Visiting Professor (appointed at level of full professor), Department of English, Lingnan University, Hong Kong;

  • November 2002: Winner national competition for the title of “full professor” (professore ordinario), Ministry of Public Instruction, Italy;

  • September 2004: appointed professor in linguistics and media communication, Agder University College, Kristiansand, Norway.

Degrees Awarded

  • 1976: B.A. (Honours) Class 1 in English language and literature and general linguistics, University of Newcastle (Australia);

  • 1985: Ph.D, Department of Linguistics, University of Sydney, Thesis supervisors: Prof. M.A.K. Halliday (University of Sydney); Prof. Roger Fowler (University of East Anglia).

Research interests

Cognition and technology in relation to the body-brain complex in human communication; grammar and semantics; text and discourse analysis; pragmatics; semiotics / social semiotics; stylistics; narrative theory; educational linguistics; language development; media discourse, including the new media; ape language research; Ferdinand de Saussure and his relationship to modern linguistic theory and social theory, philosophical questions in relation to language and communication, language, politics and ideology; visual communication; multimodal/multimedia text/discourse analysis and information technology; multimodal corpora.

Teaching Experience

  The teaching experience of the candidate is presented, in relation to the various disciplinary areas, in temporal subdivisions, with reference to the academic years in question.

Discipline: LINGUISTICS

  • 1977. Taught a course on linguistic approaches to literary texts to fourth year B.A. Honours degree students, Department of Linguistics, University of Newcastle (NSW);

  • '80/'81. Held, together with Prof. Roger G. Fowler, the course LINGUISTIC STRUCTURES IN FICTION in the School of English and American Studies, University of East Anglia (UK);

  • '82/'83.  Gave seminars and lectures as a Tutor (full-time) in the courses INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF LANGUAGE, DISCOURSE ANALYSIS, and PRINCIPLES OF LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS in the School of Humanities, Murdoch University (Western Australia);

  • 1986. Held, as Lecturer, the courses GRAMMAR IV [= SYSTEMIC-FUNCTIONAL GRAMMAR], LANGUAGE AND SOCIAL INTERACTION, and the Masters course LANGUAGE IN THE CONTEXT OF LITERARY STUDIES in the Department of English, University of Sydney;

  • '87/'88.  Held, as Lecturer, the course LANGUAGE AND SOCIAL INTERACTION in the Department of Italian, University of Sydney;
      Held, as lecturer, the Masters degree course LANGUAGE AS CONTENT (452) [= SYSTEMIC-FUNCTIONAL GRAMMAR AND TEXT-ANALYSIS] in the Department of Linguistics, University of Sydney;
      Held, as part of a team from Sydney, the course Halliday's functional grammar and its relation to social semiotic theory at the 8th International Summer Institute for Semiotic and Structuralist Studies, University of British Columbia (Vancouver) in August 1988. The group who team-taught this course was formally invited to do so by the Executive Committee of ISISSS 1988; Course coordinator: Prof. Terry Threadgold;

  • '94/'95 - present. Held, as Associate Professor, the course from From grammar to text: a critical exploration of the meaning-making resources of English in the Dipartimento di Letterature e Civiltà Anglo-Germaniche, Facoltà di Lingue e Letterature Straniere, Università degli Studi di Venezia;

  • 2002: Held, as associate professor, the following courses in the Department of English, Lingnan University, Hong Kong: (i) Stylistics; (ii) Academic Writing; (iii) Introduction to Language; and (iv) Multimodal English and Multimedia Literacy.

  • 2 nd – 6 th June 2003: Held, as visiting professor, the course entitled ‘Multimodal Discourse Analysis and Multimedia Literacy’ in the Doctoral Program of the Departamento deFilologías Modernas, Universidad de La Rioja, Spain; funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Madrid.

  • 003-2004: Responsible for teaching and examination of courses in Spoken Discourse Analysis, Written Discourse Analysis, Media Language, and Systemic-functional Grammar and Discourse Analysis, Dipartimento di Scienze del Linguaggio, University of Venice, Italy.

  • 9-14 May 2004: Held, as visiting professor, the course entitled ‘Multimodality: genre, design and reception’, Nordic Research Centre, Dømmesmoen Course Centre, Grimstad, Norway.

Discipline: English language

  • '79/'81. Teacher (part-time) of English as a second language, Sydney Technical College;

  • '84/'85. Lector ('Lettore'), English language, Department of Modern Languages, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Bologna;

  • '89/'90. Lector ('Lettore'), English language, Scuola Superiore di Lingue Moderne per Interpreti e Traduttori, University of Bologna (Forlì); held courses on English language using the principles of functional grammar and discourse analysis for undergraduate students training as translators and interpreters;

  • '90/'91 - '91/'92.  Lector ('Lettore'), English language, Faculty of Economics and Commerce, modern languages section, University of Bologna;

  • '92/'93 - '94/'95.  Held, as Associate Professor, the course ENGLISH LANGUAGE in the Faculty of General Psychology, Università degli Studi di Padova; this course, which applied the principles of discourse analysis and critical language awareness to texts in the academic discipline of psychology, provided students with a basis for reading English-language texts in the discipline of psychology.

Discipline: Educational Linguistics 

  • '87/'88 - '88/'89.  Held, as Visiting Professor ('Professore a contratto'), the course EDUCATION AND LANGUAGE in the Department of Educational Sciences, Facoltà di Magistero, Università degli Studi di Verona;

Discipline: Semiotics / Social Semiotics 

  • '82/'83.  Held, together with Profs. L.M. O'Toole and R.I.V. Hodge, the course INTRODUCTION TO SEMIOTICS and SEMIOTICS in the School of Humanities, Murdoch University (Western Australia);
      Also held, as Tutor, seminars in the courses FOUNDATIONS OF COMMUNICATION STUDIES and STRUCTURE, THOUGHT, AND REALITY in the School of Humanities, Murdoch University;

  • '87/'88. Held, as Lecturer, the courses INTRODUCTION TO SEMIOTICS and SOCIAL SEMIOTICS in the Department of Italian, University of Sydney.

  • November '96. Appointed as Foundation Faculty, Cyber Semiotics Institute (University of Toronto), to teach the course Saussure and Beyond on the following WWW sites: http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/epc/srb
    http://www.univie.ac.at/wissenschaftstheorie/srb

Discipline: Theory of Literature 

  • '82/'83. Held, as Tutor, seminars in the courses LITERARY THEORY I and THEORY OF THE NOVEL in the School of Humanities, Murdoch University (Western Australia);

  • 1986. Held, as Lecturer, seminars in the course EARLY ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE in the Department of English, University of Sydney;

  • '87/'88. Held, as Lecturer, the courses INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY THEORY, ADVANCED LITERARY THEORY, and ANTONIO GRAMSCI: THEORIST OF LANGUAGE, POLITICS, AND CULTURE in the Department of Italian, University of Sydney;

  • 2002: Held, as associate professor, the M.A. course THEORETICAL APPROACHES TO LITERATURE, Department of English, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

  • I have supervised and examined Honours, Masters, and Ph.D. theses in the areas in which I teach and research.


    Video Conferences for Teaching Purposes

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  • 26 th November 2002: held in conjunction with the Teaching and Learning Centre at Lingnan University a video conference between the students in the course Multimodal English and Multimedia Literacy taught by myself at Lingnan University, Hong Kong and a group of students taught by Prof. Anthony, University of Pavia, Italy. This was the first time that a video conference involving students was held at Lingnan University.

Materials Prepared for didactic purposes

[1] 1988. Grammar, text, and discourse genre: an advanced introduction to the systemic-functional approach; 212 pp. of notes, analyses, exercises prepared for and made available in mimeo form to the students in the Masters course No. 452, LANGUAGE AS CONTENT, taught in the Applied Linguistics program, Department of Linguistics, University of Sydney;

[2] 1993-5. Reading Psychology: explorations in critical language awareness. Padova: Domeneghini Editore. 257 pp. of course notes, exercises, and reading materials prepared and published as a text-book for the students of English Language in the Faculty of Psychology, Università degli Studi di Padova;

[3] 1994-5. From grammar to text: a critical exploration of the meaning-making resources of English; 157 pp. of notes, analyses, exercises prepared for and made available in mimeo form to the students in the degree course in English Language and Linguistics in the Dipartimento di Letterature e Civiltà Anglo-Germaniche, Università degli Studi di Venezia;

[4] 1997-8. Additional notes prepared for the students in the degree course in English Language and Linguistics in the Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Letterari Europei e Postcoloniali, University of Venice.

administrative experience

Participated actively in the administration of the School of Humanities, Murdoch University (Western Australia), and in the Department of Italian, University of Sydney.

  • 1982 - 1983: Member, COMPARATIVE LITERATURE and COMMUNICATION STUDIES PROGRAM COMMITTEES, School of Humanities, Murdoch University (Western Australia);

  • 1986: Member, Executive Committee (responsible for the programming of seminars), The Sydney Association for Studies in Society and Culture, University of Sydney;

  • 1987: Member, Working Committees (Programming and Publicity), 8th World Congress of Applied Linguistics (AILA), University of Sydney, 16-21 August 1987;

  • 1987-1988: Member, Degree course committee, Department of Italian, University of Sydney;

  • 1992-1995: Member, 'Consiglio del biennio di base', Faculty of Psychology, Università degli Studi di Padova;

  • 1992-1995: Member, various degree thesis commissions, Faculty of Psychology, Università degli Studi di Padova;

  • 1992-1995: Member, 'Consiglio di Facoltà', Faculty of Psychology, Università degli Studi di Padova;

  • 1992-1995: Member, 'Consiglio di Dipartimento', Dipartimento di Linguistica, Università degli Studi di Padova;

  • 1992-1995: Member, 'Consiglio di Dottorato di Ricerca' [= Ph.D. Degree Committee'], Dipartimento di Linguistica, Università degli Studi di Padova;

  • 1995-present: Member, 'Consiglio di Facoltà', Facoltà di Lingue e Letterature Straniere Moderne, Università degli Studi di Venezia;

  • 1995-present: Member, 'Consiglio di Dipartimento', Dipartimento di Letterature e Civiltà Anglo-Germaniche, Università degli Studi di Venezia;

  • 1995-present: Coordinator, English language teaching program in the four year degree course in English language and literature, Dipartimento di Scienze del Linguaggio, Università degli Studi di Venezia;

  • 1996-97: Member, scientific committee of the 24th International Systemic Functional Congress and Summer School, Toronto, July 1997; appointed by Profs. Jim Benson and William Greaves, conference organizers.

  • 1996-97: Member, scientific committee of the 19th Euro-International Systemic Functional Workshop, University of Halle (Germany), July 1997; appointed by Prof. Eija Ventola, conference organizer.

  • 2002: Convenor, information technology task force, English Department, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

University Prizes, Scholarships, and Professional Awards

[1] 1978-1979: Commonwealth Postgraduate Research Award, awarded by the Australian Government for Ph.D. thesis research;

[2] 1979-1982: University of Sydney Postgraduate Research Award, awared by the University of Sydney for Ph.D. thesis research;

[3] 1981: Special dispensation granted by the Vice Chancellor, University of Sydney, for the payment of the tuition fees to the University of East Anglia (UK) in connection with the period of doctoral research undertaken at East Anglia in 1980-81;

[4] 1983-1984: Italian Government Scholarship, for postdoctoral research undertaken at the Istituto di Discipline della Comunicazione e dello Spettacolo (DAMS), University of Bologna;

[5] 1981/1984: Scholarship awarded by the Centro Internazionale di Semiotica e di Linguistica, Urbino (Italy) in order to attend the summer institutes of July 1981 and July 1984;

[6] September 1995: Visiting Scholar Award, Department of English, University of Helsinki (Finland), on the basis of the bilateral cultural protocol (Italy / Finland) for the exchange of university teachers; awarded and jointly financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the University and Scientific and Technological Research (Rome) and the Centre for International Mobility (Helsinki).

[7]  January - February 1996: Northrop Frye Visiting Scholar / Northrop Frye Fellow, awarded and financed by the Northrop Frye Centre, Victoria University in the University of Toronto (Canada).

[8] January 1998: Biographical/professional citation in Marquis Who's Who in the World, 15th Edition. (New York). [Also cited in 16th edition, January 1999].

[9] 1998: Biographical/professional citation in Dictionary of International Biography. 27th edition. Annette Greenwood (ed.). Cambridge: International Biographical Centre.

[10] January 2001: member, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

[11] October 2003: honorary appointment as “Guest Professor and Part-time Ph.D. Supervisor”, School of Foreign Languages and Sun Yat-sen University Functional Linguistics Institute, Sun Yat-sen University (formerly Zhongshan University), Guangzhou, P. R. China. Formally proposed by Professor Guowen Huang, Dean, School of Foreign Languages. Formal awarding ceremony in April 2004.

[12]
October 2003: honorary appointment as “Guest Professor and Part-time Ph.D. Supervisor”, School of Foreign Languages, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, P. R. China. Formally proposed by Professor Zhang Shaojie, Dean, School of Foreign Languages. Formal awarding ceremony and commencement of appointment in April 2004.

July 2004: appointed to Scientific Review Board of Great Ape Trust of Iowa, Des Moines, USA.

list of scientific publications

Monographs and Books:

1986. Text, Discourse, and Context: A social semiotic perspective. Victoria University, Toronto: Monographs, Working Papers and Prepublications of the Toronto Semiotic Circle, Vol. 3. 152 pp., comprising an introduction and five articles, as follows:
           a. 'Introduction', i-v;
           b. 'System and process in a textual syntagm: the social semiotic construction of gender', 44-
                91;
           c. 'The cognitive hypothesis: a critical comment', 26-45;
           d. 'Thematic system analysis and the construction of knowledge and belief in discourse: the
                 headlines in two Italian newspaper texts', 44-91;
           e. 'The literal meaning hypothesis: a critical comment', 92-100;
           f. 'Knowing what you're told by the agony aunts: language function, gender difference, and
               the structure of knowledge and belief in the personal columns', 101-52 (see publication
               No. 22 for shorter version).

1988. Grammar, Text, and Discourse Genre: An advanced introduction to the systemic-functional approach. Department of Linguistics, University of Sydney, mimeo.

1991. Social Semiotics as Praxis. Text, social meaning making and Nabokov's "
Ada". Theory and History of Literature series, Vol. 74, Wlad Godzich and Jochen Schulte-Sasse, (eds.), Minneapolis and Oxford: University of Minnesota Press (303 pp.).

1997. Re-reading Saussure. The dynamics of signs in social life. London and New York: Routledge (360 pp.).


2003. Discussing Conversation Analysis: The work of Emanuel A. Schegloff, Carlo Prevignano and Paul J. Thibault (eds.). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins.

2003. Language and Interaction:Discussing John J. Gumperz, Susan Eerdmans, Carlo Prevignano and Paul J. Thibault (eds.). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins.




2004. Brain, Mind, and the Signifying Body: An Ecosocial Semiotic Theory. Foreword by M. A. K. Halliday. London and New York: Continuum. [More Information]





2004. Agency and Consciousness in Discourse: Self-other Dynamics as a Complex System. London and New York: Continuum. [More Information]

Reviewed by: Zhuanglin Hu, School of Foreign Languages, Peking University and Qichang Ye, School of Humanity and Social Sciences, Beijing Jiaotong
University [Read the review]


In press (July 2005). (co-authored with Anthony Baldry). Multimodal Text Analysis and Multimodal Transcription. Foreword by Jay Lemke. London and New York: Equinox. [contract issued July 2003]. [More Information]

Forthcoming (December 2006) (co-authored with Anthony Baldry). Multimodal Corpus Linguistics. Routledge Advances in Corpus Linguistics, series editors Michael Hoey and Anthony McEnery . London and New York: Routledge [contract issued November 2004].

Forthcoming (2005). Interaction Analysis and Language: Discussing the state-of-the-art (co-edited with Carlo Prevignano). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. [contract issued in February 2004]

[edited collection with chapters contributed by the following authors: Jens Allwood; Elizabeth Armstrong & Alison Ferguson; Vijay Bhatia; Stephen Cowley; Steve Duck & Walter Carl; Starkey Duncan; Frederick Erickson; Charles Goodwin; Mich è le Groosen; Werner Kallmeyer; Catherine Kerbrat-Orecchioni; Carlo Prevignano; Angel Lin; Srikant Sarangi; John Shotter; Jurgen Streeck; Paul J. Thibault; Karen Tracy & Bob Craig; Alain Trognon; Teun van Dijk; Anita Vangelisti; Eija Ventola & Peter Muntigl.]

 

Journal Articles:

1984. 'Narrative discourse as a multi-level system of communication: some theoretical proposals concerning Bakhtin's dialogic principle'. Twentieth Century Studies in Literature 9, 1: 89-117.

1989. 'Genres, social action, and pedagogy: towards a critical social semiotic account'. Southern Review (Australia) 22, 3: 338-62.

1989. 'Semantic variation, social heteroglossia and intertextuality: thematic and axiological meanings in spoken discourse'. Critical Studies 1, 2: Myriam Diaz-Diacaretz, (ed.), 181-209.


1992. 'Grammar, ethics, and understanding: functionalist reason and clause as exchange'. Social Semiotics 2, 1: 135-75.

1993. 'Using language to think interpersonally: experiential meaning and the cryptogrammar of subjectivity and agency in English'. Cultural Dynamics VI, 1-2, Language as Cultural Dynamic, M.A.K. Halliday (guest ed.), 131-86.

1993. 'Social semiotics'. (editorial). In The Semiotic Review of Books (Toronto) 4, 3, September 1993.

1994. 'Text and/or context?: an open question'. State-of-the-Art article. In The Semiotic Review of Books (Toronto) 5, 2, May 1994.

1996. (with Theo van Leeuwen). 'Grammar, society, and the speech act: renewing the connections'. Journal of Pragmatics 25: 561-85.

1997. 'Contextualization and social meaning-making practices.' Discussing Communication Analysis 1: 31-47.
[Pre-publication version].

1998. ‘Metasemiosis’. SRB Insights.
The Semiotic Review of Books 9.2 May 1998: 8-12

1999. 'Communicating and interpreting relevance through discourse negotiation: an alternative to relevance theory'. Journal of Pragmatics 31: 557-94.

1999. ‘Putting Humpty Dumpty’s theory of meaning back together again: can Saussure help?’. Belgian Essays on Language and Literature 9: 7-34. Liège: Belgian Association of Anglicists in Higher Education.

2000. 'The dialogical integration of the brain in social semiosis: Edelman and the case for downward causation'. Mind, Culture, and Activity 7, 4: 291-311.

In press. 'Multimodality and the school science textbook'. Linguistics and Education.

2001. 'Reference as semiotically mediated activity in ecosocial networks: a comment on Stuart Shanker's "What a child knows when she knows what a name is" '. Cultural Anthropology 42, 4:

2004. ‘Two notes on the concept of realization and meaning in systemic-functional linguistics’. Educational Research on Foreign Languages & Arts ( Guangzhou) 7: 95-96. [Special issue on Functional Linguistics and Discourse Analysis].

In Press (July 2005). ‘Brains, bodies, contextualizing activity and language: do humans (and bonobos) have a language faculty, and can they do without one?’. Linguistics and the Human Sciences 99-124: 1, 1.


Chapters in Books:


1986. 'Metaphor and political oratory in Ronald Reagan's acceptance speech'. In
U.S. Presidential Election 1984: In interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of political discourse, R.-M. Bollettieri Bosinelli (ed.), 149-68. Bologna: Pitagora Editrice.

1988. 'Knowing what you're told by the agony aunts: language function, gender difference and the structure of knowledge and belief in the personal columns'. In Functions of Style, David Birch and Michael O'Toole (eds.), 205-33. London and New York: Frances Pinter.

1990. 'Questions of genre and intertextuality in some Australian television advertisements'.
In The Televised Text, R. Rossini Favretti (ed.), 89-131. Bologna: Pàtron.

1991. 'Grammar, technocracy and the noun: technocratic values and cognitive linguistics'. In Recent Systemic and Other Functional Views on Language, Eija Ventola (ed.), 281-305. Trends in Linguistics Studies and Monographs. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

1995. 'The interpersonal grammar of Mood and the ecosocial dynamics of the semiotic exchange process'. In On Subject and Theme: From the perspective of functions in discourse, Ruqaiya Hasan and Peter Fries (eds.), 51-89. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: Benjamins.

2000. ‘The multimodal transcription of a television advertisement: theory and practice’. In Multimodality and Multimediality in the Distance Learning Age, Anthony Baldry (ed.), 311-85.
Campo Basso: Lampo.

2001. 'Multimodality and the school science textbook'. In Corpora Testuali per Ricerca, Traduzione e Apprendimento Linguistico, Carol Taylor Torsello, Giuseppe Brunetti, and Nicoletta Penello (eds.), 293-335. Padova: Unipress.

2001. (with Anthony Baldry). 'Towards multimodal corpora'. In Corpora in the Description and Teaching of English, G. Aston & L. Burnard (eds), 87-102.
Bologna: Cooperativa Libraria Universitaria Editrice Bologna (CLUEB).

2002. 'Interpersonal meaning and the discursive construction of action, attitudes and values: the global modal program of one text'. In Relations and Functions within and around Language, 51-89 . Peter Fries, Michael Cummings, David Lockwood and Wm. Sprueill (eds.). London and New York: Continuum (Open Linguistics Series).

2003. 'Contextualization and social meaning-making practices', in Discussing John J. Gumperz, Susan Eerdmans, Carlo Prevignano, and Paul J. Thibault (eds.), 41-61. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins.

2003. 'Body dynamics, social meaning-making, and scale heterogeneity: re-considering contextualization cues and language as mixed-mode semiosis', in Discussing John J. Gumperz, Susan Eerdmans, Carlo Prevignano, and Paul J. Thibault (eds.), `127-147. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins.

2004. 'Agency, individuation, and meaning-making: reflections on an episode of bonobo-human interaction', in Language Development: Functional Perspectives on Evolution and Ontogenesis, Geoffrey Williams and Annabelle Lukin (eds.), 112-136. London and New York: Continuum.

In press.2005 (with Anthony Baldry). ‘Multimodal corpus linguistics’, in System and Corpus, Susan Hunston and Geoffrey Thompson (eds.). London and New York: Equinox.

In press [2005]. ‘ Notes on the Concepts of Realization and Meaning in Systemic-Functional Linguistics’, in Functional Linguistics: Theories and Applications, Chang Chenguang and Huang Guowen (eds.). Beijing : Higher Education Press.

In press. ‘Writing, Graphology, and Visual Semiosis’, in New Directions in the Analysis of Multimodal Discourse, Terry Royce and Wendy Boucher (eds.), New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

In press (2005). ‘The interpersonal gateway to the meaning of mind: bridging the intra- and inter-organism perspectives on semiosis’. To appear in Continuing Discourse on Language: A Functional Perspective. A volume to be presented to Michael Halliday at the Sydney ISFC annual congress in 2005 by way of celebrating his 80 th birthday, Ruqaiya Hasan, Christian Matthiessen, and Jonathan Webster (eds.). London: Equinox.

Commissioned Articles in Scientific Encyclopedias:

1994. 'Connotation in literature'. In The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, Vol. 2, R. E. Asher (ed.), 707-10. Oxford and Tokyo: Pergamon Press.

1994. 'Formalism and functionalism in linguistic criticism'. In The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, Vol. 3, R. E. Asher (ed.), 1284-7. Oxford and Tokyo: Pergamon Press.

1994. 'Intertextuality'. In The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, Vol. 4, R. E. Asher (ed.), 1751-54. Oxford and Tokyo: Pergamon Press.

1994. 'Macrostructure'. In The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, Vol. 5, R. E. Asher (ed.), 2338-41. Oxford and Tokyo: Pergamon Press.

1998. 'Code'. In The Encyclopedia of Semiotics, Paul Bouissac (ed.), 125-9. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

1998. 'Cours de Linguistique Générale'. In The Encyclopedia of Semiotics, Paul Bouissac (ed.), 150-2. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

1998. 'Dialogue'. In The Encyclopedia of Semiotics, Paul Bouissac (ed.), 193-4. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

1998. 'Habermas'. In The Encyclopedia of Semiotics, Paul Bouissac (ed.), 275-7. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

1998. 'Inner speech'.In The Encyclopedia of Semiotics, Paul Bouissac (a cura di), 312-4. Oxford e New York: Oxford University Press.

1998. 'Langue and parole'. In The Encyclopedia of Semiotics, Paul Bouissac (ed.), 355-6. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

1998. 'Linguistic motivation'. In The Encyclopedia of Semiotics, Paul Bouissac (ed.), 368-9. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

1998. 'Linguistic relativism'. In The Encyclopedia of Semiotics, Paul Bouissac (ed.), 369-71. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

1998. 'Metalanguage'.In The Encyclopedia of Semiotics, Paul Bouissac (ed.), 408-11. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

1998. 'Multimodality'. In The Encyclopedia of Semiotics, Paul Bouissac (ed.), 427-9. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

1998. 'Poststructuralism'. In The Encyclopedia of Semiotics, Paul Bouissac (ed.), 512-5. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

1998. 'Saussure, Ferdinand de'. In The Encyclopedia of Semiotics, Paul Bouissac (ed.), 555-7. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

1998. 'Signification'. In The Encyclopedia of Semiotics, Paul Bouissac (ed.), 576-8. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

1998. 'Structuralism'. In The Encyclopedia of Semiotics, Paul Bouissac (ed.), 598-601. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

1998. 'Synchronic/diachronic'. In The Encyclopedia of Semiotics, Paul Bouissac (ed.), 605-7. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

1998. 'Whorf, Benjamin Lee'. In The Encyclopedia of Semiotics, Paul Bouissac (ed.), 637-41. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

1998. ‘Intertextuality’. In The Concise Encyclopedia of Pragmatics, Jacob Mey (ed.), 401-4. Oxford: Elsevier Science.

1998. ‘Halliday, Michael A. K.’. In The Concise Encyclopedia of Pragmatics, Jacob Mey (ed.), 1074-6. Oxford: Elsevier Science.

2004. ‘Saussure, Ferdinand de’. In The Encyclopaedia of Social Theory, George Ritzer, Jeff Stepnisky and Andrew Wernick (eds.), 665-772. London and Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.

2004. ‘Semiology’. In The Encyclopaedia of Social Theory, George Ritzer, Jeff Stepnisky and Andrew Wernick (eds.), 687-693. London and Newbury Park, CA: Sage


Commissioned Scientific Reports:

1988. (with Giacomo Toriano). 'The flow of video hardware and software (Italy)'. Report commissioned in 1985 for the UNESCO / Broadcasting Research Project on the Flow of Video Hardware and Software, directed by Prof. Manuel Alvarado, (international project coordinator). In Video World-Wide. An international study, Manuel Alvarado (ed.), 49-60. London and Paris: John Libbey.

1987. (with Giacomo Toriano). 'The flow of television fiction in Italy, 1980-84'. Report commissioned and completed for the UNESCO / Inter-Institutional Research Project on the Flow of Television Fiction, directed by Prof. Peter Larsen, Center for Massekommunikation, University of Copenhagen (Denmark).

June 2005. (with Benson, James D. and Greaves, William S.). Scientific report as contribution towards Project #2 -- Savage-Rumbaugh, Fields, Segerdahl, Thibault, Benson, and Greaves, Experimental investigations: The effect of the intentional introduction of forgiveness into a Pan/Homo culture. Funded by the Campaign for Forgiveness, Templeton Foundation ( USA).

Reviews and Review Articles:

1982. (with Vincent Leitch, Paul St-Pierre, and Clive Thomson). 'The semiotics of the Vanderbilt environment: ISISSS '81 in review'. Semiotica 42-2/4, 235-43.

1986. 'Review of Cummings, M. and Simmons, R. "The Language of Literature", Pergamon Press, 1983. Network 9, Robin Fawcett (ed.), 23-5.

1988. 'Review of Vladimir Nabokov's "The Enchanter". Queen's Quarterly 95, 4: 902-3.

1993. 'Review of Norman Fairclough's "Discourse and Social Change"'. Social Semiotics 3, 2: 293-310.

1993. 'Review of Jay Lemke's "Talking Science: Language, learning, and values” ‘. In The Semiotic Review of Books (Toronto) 4, 3, September 1993.

1993. 'Review of P. Jachia and A. Ponzio, eds.
"Bachtin e ... "'. The Bakhtin Newsletter.

1998. ‘Review of Textual Politics: Discourse and social dynamics by Jay L. Lemke (1995)’. Taylor and Francis publishers. In Mind, Culture, and Activity Vol. 5, No. 3: 240-44.

Published Interviews:

1987. 'Interview avec Michael Halliday'. In Sociétiés: Revue des Sciences Humaines et Sociales 14: 39-43.

1988. 'Interview with Michael Halliday'. In Language Topics: Essays in honour of Michael Halliday, Vol. II, Ross Steele and Terry Threadgold (eds.), 601-27. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Publications on the Internet:

The following publications have appeared on the website of the Cyber Semiotics Institute, University of Toronto (Canada); website: http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/epc/srb, as part of the course SAUSSURE AND BEYOND (1996-98):

'Speech and writing: two distinct systems of signs' (18 pp.);

'The problematic of écriture'. (18 pp.);

'The phoneme: paradigmatic and syntagmatic dimensions of contextualization' (29 pp.);

The sounds of language'. (28 pp.);

'Speech sounds, the speech circuit and embodied meaning-making: an ecosocial perspective' (35 pp.);

'The brain in social semiosis' (36 pp.);


'Mental activity, memory and context: connectionism and the dialectical duality of syntagmatic
       and associative relations' (40 pp.);

'Embodiment, perception, consciousness, personhood: The cascading/collecting dialectic of
       langue and parole in the individual' (36 pp.).

Publications in Advanced Preparation:

Books:

Saussure: Critical Assessments (6 volumes, 2,500 pp. approx.). Contracted by Routledge to edit this collection of essays on Saussure and his influence; contract signed in May 1995; expected completion end 2003.

Multimodal Corpus Linguistics: An introduction (co-authored with Anthony Baldry). London and New York: Equinox.

Construing Consciousness in Self and Other: A discourse analytical approach to the grammar and semantics of projection . In preparation for the series Advances in Consciousness Research (Maxim I. Stamenov, series editor). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Grammar, Text, and Discourse Genre: An advanced introduction to the systemic-functional approach (212 pp. of manuscript completed).

Articles:

'Agency, subjectivity, and the grammar of modality in English';

The dynamics of group storytelling: childrens’ experiments with hypermedia and multimodality (with Anthony Baldry). To appear in Linguistics and Education;

‘Intertextuality’. (5,000 words). To appear in The Handbook of Pragmatics, Jef Verscheuren (ed.). Amsterdam and Philadelphia: Benjamins;

'Interpersonal meaning, discourse and Habermas' universal pragmatics'. To appear in Semiotica.

  

editorial experience

  • Editorial collaboration with the journal, Differentia: review of italian thought, Peter Caravetta (ed.), Queen's University, City University of New York.

  • Editorial collaboration with the journal Schemi di Lavoro, directed by Parisio di Giovanni, Istituto di Ricerca sulla Comunicazione, Montesilvano.

  • Evaluation of manuscripts submitted to the linguistics list editor, Louisa Semylen, Routledge (London).

  • Evaluation of manuscripts submitted to the editor, Prof. Jacob Mey, Journal of Pragmatics.

  • Saussure: Critical Assessments (6 volumes, 2, 500 pp. approx.). Contracted by Routledge to edit this collection of essays on Saussure and his influence; contract signed in May 1995.

  • Member (appointed April 1998), international advisory board of the refereed journal TEXT, published by Walter de Gruyter (Berlin).

  • Member, editorial committee, Encyclopedia of Semiotics. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.

  • Member (May 2000 - present), executive editorial council, Digital Semiotics Encyclopedia (University of Toronto).

  • October 2003: invited to join editorial board of new journal, Linguistics and the Human Sciences, Ruqaiya Hasan and Jonathan Webster (eds.), published by Equinox.

  • December 2004: appointed to editorial board of Social Semiotics (Terry Threadgold, chief editor).


Funded Research Projects

External Funding:

[1] Interuniversity research program funded by the Italian Ministry of the University and Scientific and Technological Research (MURST): Corpora On Line, Hypermedia, Translation, Text Analysis, and Language Learning (CITATAL); (1998-2003);

Research Unit on Multimodal Discourse Analysis and IT:

Principal Investigators:

Anthony Baldry, Dipartimento di Lingue e Letterature Straniere Moderne, Strada Nuova, 106/C,
27100 Pavia.

Paul J. Thibault, Dipartimento di Scienze del Linguaggio, Universita Ca’Foscari di Venezia, Giustinian, DD 1454 - 30125 Venezia, Italy.

[2] Modulating modality: from clause to discourse negotiation in the acquisition of English as L2;

Research unit within the research project "International Research Community in Systemic-Functional Linguistics" ( scientific coordinator: Prof. Kristin Davidse, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, head office of project); (2000-2004)

Principal Investigator:

Paul J. Thibault , Dipartimento di Scienze del Linguaggio, Universita Ca’Foscari di Venezia, Giustinian, DD 1454 - 30125 Venezia, Italy.

Scientific collaborators:

Francisco Gonzálvez García, Departamento de Filología Francesa e Inglesa, Universidad de Almería, La Cañada de San Urbano, s/n, 04120 Almería, Spain.

[3] Mother-Infant Communication: A cross-cultural study of intersubjectivity and ontogeny. RESEARCH GRANT UNDER THE JOINT ITALY/SOUTH AFRICA SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGREEMENT jointly awarded by the Ministeri degli Affari Esteri (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Direzione Generale per la Promozione e Cooperazione Culturale, Ufficio VII, P.le della Farnesina, 00194 Roma, Italy and International Science Liaison, National Research Foundation, P.O. Box 2600, 0001 Pretoria, South Africa: (2002-2003).

Principal Investigators :

Stephen J Cowley, then Department of Psychology, University of Natal, Durban 4001, South Africa; now Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Bradford, Richmond Road, Bradford BD7 1DP, England.

Paul J. Thibault , Dipartimento di Scienze del Linguaggio, Universita Ca’Foscari di Venezia, Giustinian, DD 1454 - 30125 Venezia, Italy.

Internally Funded Research :

Annual research funding as allocated by the Dipartimento di Scienze del Linguaggio, Universita’ degli Studi di Venezia.

 

Current Research Projects

The candidate is currently participating in the following national and/or international research projects:

[1] Interuniversity research program funded by the Italian Ministry of the University and Scientific and Technological Research (MURST): Corpora On Line, Hypermedia, Translation, Text Analysis, and Language Learning  (CITATAL); (scientific coordinator: Prof. Carol Taylor Torsello, Dip. Di Lingue e Letterature Anglo-Germaniche, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia, Università degli Studi di Padova, (Italy), head office of project);

Person-in-charge of research unit
:
 

  • Prof. Maria Pavesi,
    Dipartimento di Linguistica,
    Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia,
    Università degli Studi di Pavia.

Scientific collaborators:
 

  • Prof. Anthony Baldry,
    Dipartimento di Lingue e Letterature Straniere Moderne,
    Strada Nuova, 106/C,
    27100 Pavia.

  • Prof. Paul J. Thibault,
    Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Letterari Europei e Postcoloniali,
    Università degli Studi di Venezia,
    Zattere, Dorsoduro 1405,
    30125 Venezia.

[2] Modulating modality: from clause to discourse negotiation in the acquisition of English as L2;

Research unit within the research project "International Research Community in Systemic-Functional Linguistics" (scientific coordinator: Prof. Kristin Davidse, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, head office of project)

Person-in-charge of research unit:

  • Prof. Paul J. Thibault,
    Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Letterari Europei e Postcoloniali,
    Università degli Studi di Venezia,
    Zattere, Dorsoduro 1405,
    30125 Venezia.

Scientific collaborators:

  • Prof. Judith A. Carini Martínez e Prof. Francisco Gonzálvez García,
    Departamento de Filología Francesa e Inglesa,
    Universidad de Almería,
    La Cañada de San Urbano, s/n,
    04120 Almería,
    Spagna.

[3] Research project: Zone of Joint Development: A comparative study of language-learning in a post-Vygotskian perspective; (scientific coordinator: Prof. Susan Savage-Rumbaugh, Dept. of Biology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; sede del progetto);

Scientific Collaborators:
 

  • Prof. Stuart Shanker,
    Departments of Psychology and Philosophy
    Atkinson College, York University
    North York, Ontario
    CANADA.

  • Prof. Barbara King,
    Department of Anthropology,
    College of William and Mary,
    Williamsburg, Virginia,
    U.S.A.

  • Prof. Talbot J. Taylor,
    Department of English,
    College of William and Mary,
    Williamsburg, Virginia,
    U.S.A.

  • Prof. Paul Thibault
    Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Letterari Europei e Postcoloniali,
    Università degli Studi di Venezia,
    Zattere, Dorsoduro 1405,
    30125 Venezia.

conferences, seminars, and workshops

Plenary Lectures:

  • October 1996: 'Multimodality and the semiotics of action', First Action Colloquium, London College of Printing, School of Media, The London Institute (UK).

  • December 1996: 'Agency, action and critical discourse analysis'; International Research Group on Critical Discourse Analysis, a Socrates project, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain);

  • 19-25 October 1997: 'New ways of making meaning in, through, and about English: An ecosocial view'; First International Conference on English Studies: Past, Present & Future, Universidad de Almería (Spain).

  • 12 December 1998.'Putting Humpty Dumpty’s theory of meaning back together again: Can Saussure help?'; Annual conference of the Belgian Association of Anglicists in Higher Education (BAAHE), British Council, Brussels, (Belgium).

  • 16 July 1999: 'Metaphor in word, image, movement: building bridges between mind, body and world'. 11th Euro-international Systemic Functional Workshop, University of Gent (Belgium).

  • 3-5 May 2002: ‘Meaning-making across semiotic scales: exploring the complementarity of semiotic resources for connecting and integrating diverse space-time scales "The Multimodality of Human Communication", held at Victoria University, University of Toronto; invitation issued by Professor Paul Bouissac on behalf of the organizing committee;

  • 23 – 27 September 2002: (1) ‘Body, brain, and meaning-making’; (2) ‘Activity and the time scales of semiosis’; and (3) ‘Language, multimodality, and meaning-making’. Three key note lectures given at the Second Systemics Week, School of Foreign Languages, Sun Yat-sen University (formerly Zhongshan University), Guangzhou, P. R. China. Invitation issued by Professor Guowen Huang, Dean, School of Foreign Languages;

  • 5 – 6 October 2002: ‘Discourse, Contextualization, and the Multimodal Nature of Meaning-making’. Key note lecture, annual congress, Japan Association of Systemic Functional Linguistics, Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan. Invitation issued by the organising committee.

  • 14-16 May 2004. ‘The multimodality of language: evolutionary, developmental, and discursive perspectives’. 2 nd International Conference on Multimodality: Text, culture and use. Agder University College, Kristiansand, Norway.


Invited Papers:

  • June 1982: 'Narrative discourse as a multilevel system of communication: some theoretical proposals concerning Bakhtin's dialogic principle'; International congress, Bakhtin: The Present State of Research, 3rd International Summer Institute for Semiotic and Structuralist Studies, University of Toronto.

  • October 1983: 'Bakhtin, intertextuality, and knowledge structures in dialogic discourse'; International congress, Mikhail Bakhtin and His Circle, Queen's University, Kingston (Canada). Also held in the Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore in January 1984.

  • April 1988: 'Current semiotics for a linguist's perspective'; International Spring Colloquium of The Applied Linguistics Research Working Group, Glendon College, York University (Toronto).

  • January 1987: 'Thematic systems and the discursive construction of knowledge and belief'; Centro di Studi sui Linguaggi Specifici, Dipartimento di Lingue e Letterature Straniere Moderne, Università degli Studi di Bologna.

  • November 1990: 'Critical discourse analysis: consolidating theory and method'; Symposium, Department of Linguistics and Modern English Language, University of Lancaster.

  • June 1993: 'Giving voice to the literate: a social semiotic account of a child's use of "egocentric speech"'; colloquium Literary Cognition, Information, Communication: Theses and Prospects, Centre for Textual Analysis, Discourse and Culture (Centre TADAC), Carleton University, Ottawa (Canada).

  • December 1993: 'Agency, control and choice in parent-child talk: implications for critical discourse analysis'; colloquium, Discourse and Ideology, ERASMUS Critical Discourse Analysis network, Institut für Sprachwissenschaft, University of Vienna.

  •  June 1997: 'On the social semiotics of action and movement'. Response paper, The 2nd Action Colloquium, London College of Printing, School of Media, 27th June 1997.

  • 6-7 November 1997: Joint organizer and leader (with Anthony Baldry) Conference on New Resources for Making Meaning: Linguistica inglese in un mondo di apprendimento a distanza, di multimodalità, e di multimedialità, University of Pavia.

  • 23-24 April 1998. Nuove risorse per l’interpretazione e la creazione di testi in un mondo di apprendimento a distanza e  multimediale, (workshop jointly presented with Anthony Baldry), IRRSAE-Molise, Campobasso (Italy).

  • May 1998: Children and the media. Guest lecture and discussion in the annual distance learning seminar (telephone conference hook-up) of the PEGASUS Project of the COIMBRA Group of Universities (participating Universities: Abo-Turku, Pavia, Sienna, Salamanca, Vienna, Uppsala).

  • 15 May 1999: Cultural Identity and the Media. Guest lecture and discussion in the annual distance learning seminar (video conference) of the PEGASUS Project of the COIMBRA Group of Universities (participating Universities: Abo-Turku, Pavia, Sienna, Salamanca, Vienna, Uppsala).

  • 17-18 May 1999: The following five presentations were given: (1) The multimodal page: verbal grammar, visual grammar; (2) Multimodality in the distance learning age: science texts in the school; (3) The Disaster Documentary: verbal grammar, visual grammar; (4) TV ads, transcription, metafunctions and phasal analysis; (45) The Academic Lecture: language and gesture. International Congress, Multimodality and Multimediality in the distance learning age'. Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Pavia (Italy).

  • 13 May 2001: Invited participant in panel discussion, 'The State of the Art for Genre Theory and Genre Studies', international interdisciplinary conference, 'Genre 2001: Genres and Discourses in Education, Work, and Cultural Life', Faculty of Education, Oslo University College.

  • November 2001: invited speaker in the conference entitled "Sense and Sensibility: L'emergenza del senso dal corporeo", Centro di Studi Semiotici e Cognitivi dell'Università di San Marino, Republic of San Marino. invitation issued by conference organiser, Professor Patrizia Violi, University of Bologna

  • 9th May 2003 , invited guest lecture on multimodality, London College of Printing, The London, Institute, School of Media, U.K.

  • 5th February 2004: ‘The time-scales of semiosis’; invited guest lecture, Seminar group in textual history; Institute for Nordic Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Oslo, Norway.


Note:

The following financial assistance was received in connection with the abovementioned invited papers:

 [1] Murdoch University, travel grant for the paper given at the International Colloquium on Bakhtin, 3rd International Summer Institute for Semiotic and Structuralist Studies, Toronto (Canada), June 1982; [2] Glendon College, York University (Toronto), travel grant for the paper given at the Annual Spring Colloquium of the Applied Linguistics Research Working Group, April 1988; [3] University of Sydney, travel grant for the course 'Halliday's Functional Grammar and its Relation to Social Semiotic Theory', taught at the 8th International Summer Institute for Semiotic and Structuralist Studies, Vancouver (Canada), August 1988; [4] Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada), travel grant for the paper given at the colloquium Literary Cognition, Information, Communication: Theses and Prospects, June 1993; [5] ERASMUS program, travel grant for the paper given at the colloquium held in Vienna, December 1993; [6] travel grant for the paper given at the colloquium held in London, October 1996; [7] SOCRATES program, travel grant for the paper given at the colloquium held in Madrid, December 1996; [8] travel grant, 2nd Action Colloquium, London College of Printing, June 1997; [9] travel grant and expenses for guest lecture presented to the Belgian Association of Anglicists in Higher Education, Brussels, 12 December 1998.

Conference Papers:

  • May 1979: 'Text theory and narrative discourse: an approach to E.A. Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher"'. Annual conference of the Linguistic Society of Australia, University of Newcastle.


  • January 1980: 'Literature as speech act and the reader: a linguistic perspective'; Linguistics section, XX Congress of the Australasian Universities Languages and Literature Association (AULLA XX), University of Newcastle.

  • April 1981:  Annual conference of the Neo-Formalist Circle, Connaught Hall, University of London.

  • June 1981: 'The dynamics of contextualization'; Comparative literature and anthroplogy work groups, 2nd International Summer Institute for Semiotic and Structuralist Studies, Vanderbilt University, Nashville (USA).


  • July 1981: 'Some proposals concerning a theory of narrative context of situation'; Summer Institute, Centro Internazionale di Semiotica e di Linguistica, Urbino (Italy).

  • January 1982: 'Narrative as a goal-directed mode of action'; Linguistics section, XXI annual congress, Australasian Universities Languages and Literature Association (AULLA XXI), Massey University (New Zealand). Also presented in the Department of Anthropology, University of Western Australia, October 1982.

  • August 1982: 'Discourse, knowledge, and action in a narrative text of Italo Calvino'; 2nd Australian Conference on Italian Culture and Italy Today, Frederick May Foundation for Italian Studies, University of Sydney (Australia).

  • November 1982: 'Style and the representation of knowledge structures in a narrative text'; 7th annual congress, Applied Linguistics Association of Australia, Perth (Western Australia).

  • May 1983: (with Alan Mansfield). 'Constructions of "Oz" in the media: notions of Australian identity in the Westpac television advertisement'; ANZAAS conference, communication studies section, Perth (Western Australia).

  • June 1984: 'Discourse, social action, meaning'; 3rd Congress, International Association for Semiotic Studies, Palermo (Italy).

  • August 1984: 'Discourse, social action, meaning, and the construction of the human subject'; 11th International Systemic Workshop, Stirling University (Scotland).

  • February 1989: 'Talking about language'; British Institute, Bologna (Italy).

  • May 1989: 'Oralità e scrittura: alcune differenze linguistiche'; IV Congress, Centro Psicologia Applicata e Studi sull'Apprendimento, Spoleto (Italy).

  • May 1989: 'Intertextuality and social heteroglossia in spoken discourse'. The Bakhtin Circle Today, Inter-University Centre of Postgraduate Studies, Dubrovnik (Yugoslavia).

  • October 1989: 'La scrittura a scuola'; Conference Psicopedagogia della Comunicazione. Oralità e Scrittura nell'Educazione; Istituto di Ricerca sulla Comunicazione, Sulmona (Italy).

  • March 1990: 'I generi del discorso'; Congress Eco & Narciso, USSL 46, Alto Mantovano, Servizio di Medicina di Base, Settore di Medecina Scolastica.

  • May 1990: 'Genre and discourse semantics in spoken text'; 3rd Congress, International Association of Dialogue Studies; University of Bologna (Italy). 

  • July 1990: 'Interpersonal meaning, global modal programs, and validity claims in discourse'; 17th International Systemic Congress, University of Stirling (Scotland).

  • December 1991: 'Technology, literacy, and the negotiating of cultural meanings'; International symposium, Lingua e Tecnologia, Centro Linguistico di Ateneo, Università degli Studi di Firenze (Italy).

  • July 1992: 'Clause as exchange and the interpersonal cryptogrammar of subjectivity and agency in English'; 19th International Systemic Functional Congress, Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia).

  • August 1992: 'Tagging and the negotiation of interpersonal meaning'; Sydney Linguistics Circle (SyLC), Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia).

  • September 1992: 'Genre as a mode of learning: re-envoicing the social in children's play'; 1st Domains of Literacy conference, Institute of Education, University of London (UK).

  • June 1993: 'Reconstructing subjectivity: towards an ecosocial and semiotically informed synthesis'; annual congress, Canadian Semiotic Association, Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada).

  • September 1993: 'Egocentric speech reconsidered: language and social learning in children's play'; British Association of Applied Linguistics, annual conference, 10-12 September 1993, University of Salford (UK).

  • August 1994: 'Genre analysis and the ethnographic problematic'; 21st International Systemic Functional Congress, 1-5 August 1994, University of Ghent (Belgium).

  • August 1994: 'Bridging between home and school: language, text, and social learning in children's play'; 6th International Systemic Functional Workshop, 'Spoken and Written Discourse in Institutional Contexts, 8-11 August 1994, University of Antwerp (Belgium).

  • July 1996: 'Agency, subjectivity and the grammar of modality in English', 23rd International Systemic Functional Congress, University of Technology, Sydney.

  • 15-16 April 1999: Multimodal transcription and corpora: from static to dynamic texts. Corpora on Line, Ipermedia, Traduzione, Analisi Testuale e Apprendimento Linguistico, University of Padua.

  • 15-17 December 1999: 'Apes, kids, and meaning-making'. Children's Language: Conversations across disciplines, Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association / Department of English, University of Sydney.

  • 16 - 19 November 2000: 'The Interpersonal Enactment of Agency: Towards a Social Semiotically Motivated Account of the Interpersonal Grammar of Mood in English', 1st Meeting of the International Research Community in Systemic-Functional Linguistics: Interpersonal Grammar, Leuven, (Belgium).

  • 1 December 2000: 'On Meaning Based Criteria as a Requirement for Multimodal Corpus Design', International congress, Multimodality and Meaning-Making: Dynamic genres, hypertext, corpora and authentic data in the distance learning age, Dipartimento di Lingue e Letterature Straniere Moderne, University of Pavia (Italy).

  • 6 - 8 December, 2000: 'The semiotic mediation of agency and individuation in children's play', Paper presented at the conference, Scaffolding Language and Learning in Educational Contexts: Socio-cultural approaches to theory and practice, Centre for Language and Literacy, University of Technology, Sydney (Australia).

  • 18 - 20 December, 2000: 'Science textbooks and multimodal meaning-making', Paper presented the Multimodal Discourse Analysis Workshop 2000, University of Sydney, (Australia).

  • 15 May 2001: 'On meaning based criteria as a requirement for multimodal corpus design and discourse analysis', international interdisciplinary conference, 'Genre 2001: Genres and Discourses in Education, Work, and Cultural Life', Faculty of Education, Oslo University College.

  • 22 - 27 July 2001: 'The delicate grammar of remembering and forgetting'. 28th International Systemic Functional Congress, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

  • 9 June 2003: (with Anthony Baldry) ‘Multimodal corpus linguistics’; British Association for Applied Linguistics / Cambridge University Press seminar Multimodality and Applied Linguistics, 18 – 19 June 2003, University of Reading, U.K.


  • 4 th September 2003 : (with Fan Dai). ‘Narrative at the interface of experience, memory, and values’. 36 th Annual BAAL [British Association of Applied Linguistics] Meeting, University of Leeds, U.K. 4th – 6th September 2003.

Guest Lectures and Seminars:

  • July 1979: 'Poetic discourse and ideological transformation in Keat's "Ode on a Grecian Urn"'; staff/postgraduate seminar, Department of Linguistics, University of Sydney (Australia).

  • January 1984: 'Intertextuality and the construction of knowledge and belief systems in discourse'; staff seminar, Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore.

  • April 1984: 'Discourse, social action, meaning'; seminar series, Centro Interfacoltà Linguistica Teorica e Applicata (CILTA), University of Bologna (Italy).

  • June 1985: 'Comunicazione e comportimento nelle situazioni terapeutiche: strategie, sistemi, e contesti'; seminar series, Centro Interdisciplinare per Operatori Sociali, Università di Calabria (Cosenza, Italy).

  • July 1985: 'Metaphor and social belief systems in political discourse'; Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore.

  • May 1986: 'Discorso, contesto, prassi sociale: la prospettiva sociosemiotica'; seminar series, Dipartimento di Scienze Letteratarie e Filologiche, Università di Torino (Italy).

  • September 1995: 'Agency, subjectivity and the grammar of modality in English: a social semiotic approach', seminar/lecture, Department of English, University of Helsinki (Finland).

  • September 1995: 'Critical discourse analysis: negotiating subjectivity in discourse', seminar/lecture, Departments of English: University of Helsinki, University of Jyväskylä, University of Turku (Finland).

  • September 1995: 'On re-reading Saussure's distinction between langue and parole: implications for a social theory of language', seminar/lecture, Department of English, University of Jyväskylä, (Finland).

  • January 1996: 'On re-reading Saussure's distinction between langue and parole: implications for a social theory of language', seminar/lecture, Critical theory program, University of Western Ontario (Canada).

  • - 'Critical discourse analysis: negotiating subjectivity in discourse', seminar/lecture, Department of French, University of Western Ontario (Canada).

  • - 'Agency, subjectivity and the grammar of modality in English: a social semiotic approach', Department of English, University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada).

  • February 1996: 'On re-thinking subjectivity in discourse', Social and Political Thought program, York University (Toronto, Canada).

  • - 'Arbitrariness and motivation re-visited', Department of English, Glendon College, York University (Toronto, Canada).

  • - 'Making visual meanings', Northrop Frye Centre, Victoria College, University of Toronto (Canada).

  • 10 April 2000: 'Multimodality and the school science text'; Postgraduate seminar, Departamento de Filologías Modernas, Universidad de la Rioja, Logroño (Spain).

  • 11 Aprile 2000: 'Interpersonal meaning and the discursive construction of action, attitudes and values: the interpersonal rhetoric of one text'. Guest lecture, Departamento de Filologías Modernas, Universidad de la Rioja, Logroño (Spain).

  • 18 May 2001: ' Body dynamics, meaning-making, and scale heterogeneity: expression and content as cross-scalar semiotic processes embedding the body-brain in its ecosocial environment', Avdeling for humanistiske fag, University of Kristiansand, Norway.

  • 23, 27-28 October 2003: (1) Some aspects of interpersonal meaning and the social semiotics of agency; (2) The multimodal page ; (3) The news story as genre. Guest lectures, Universität Salzburg
    Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Salzburg, Austria.

Workshops:

  • April 1981: (with Prof. Roger G. Fowler). 'The language of fiction'; Annual conference, Poetics and Linguistics Association of Great Britain (PALA), University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK).

  • August 1986: (with Cate Poynton and Terry Threadgold). 'Social semiotic theory'. Masculine/Feminine and Representation Conference, University of Sydney.

  • August 1987: 'Text analysis: verbal art'; 14th International Systemic Functional Congress, University of Sydney.

  • July 1990: (with Prof. Jay L. Lemke). 'Voices and values: interpersonal meaning in discourse'. 17th International Systemic Functional Congress, University of Stirling (UK).

  • July 1992: (with Prof. Jay L. Lemke). 'Social dynamics and interpersonal meaning'; 19th International Systemic Functional Congress, Macquarie University (Sydney).

  • April 1998: (with Anthony Baldry). ‘Multimodal text analysis in a multimedia IT environment’. IRRSAE-Molise (Campobasso, Italy). In-service teaching training course.

  • September 1998: (with Anthony Baldry). 'Multimodal text analysis'. In-service teacher training course, Associazione Nazionale Insegnanti Lingue Straniere (ANILS), Varese, Italy.

  • July 1999: 'Multimodality and multimediality' (with Anthony Baldry, Mersini Karagevreki, Marco Piastra, and Chris Taylor). 26th International Systemic Functional Congress, National University of Singapore.

  • July 2000: 'Towards multimodal corpora' (with Anthony Baldry). 27th International Systemic Functional Congress, University of Melbourne.

  • August 2000: 'Towards multimodal corpora' (with Anthony Baldry). In the seminar on "The roles of corpora of contemporary English in language description and language pedagogy" (organised by Lou Burnard’s and Guy Aston), ESSE conference, Helsinki.

  • 16-17 October 2000: 'Multimodality and multimediality in the distance learning age' (with Anthony Baldry and Mersini Karagevrekis). Department of English, University of Birmingham, UK.

  • 22 - 27 July 2001: 'Multimodal corpora: theory and application' (with Anthony Baldry and Chris Taylor). 28th International Systemic Functional Congress, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

  • 22 - 27 July 2001: 'Bonobo-human discourse' (with Jim Benson, Bill Greaves, Peter Fries, Jared Tagliatela, Susan Savage-Rumbaugh). 28th International Systemic Functional Congress, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

  • 22 - 27 July 2001: 'Multimedia semiotic analysis - how language functions in partnership' (with Jay Lemke). 28th International Systemic Functional Congress, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

Referees

  • Prof. M. A. K. Halliday,
    Emeritus Professor, University of Sydney,
    Unit 14,
    133 Sydney Road,
    Fairlight, N.S.W., 2094,
    AUSTRALIA.
     

  • Prof. Jay L. Lemke,
    Executive Officer
    Urban Education PhD Program
    CUNY Graduate Center
    365 Fifth Avenue
    New York, New York 10016
    U.S.A.
    +1 212-817-8281 (tel: work)
    +1 212-817-1515 (fax: work)
    email: jllbc@cunyvm.cuny.edu
     

  • Professor Gunther Kress,
    Communication, Culture & Societies,
    Institute of Education,
    University of London,
    20 Bedford Way,
    London WC1H 0AL,
    ENGLAND.
    tel. +44 (0) 207 612 6502 (work)
         +44 (0) 207 281 8894 (home)
    fax  +44 (0) 207 612 6177 (work)
    email: teemggk@ioe.ac.uk

  • Professor Theo van Leeuwen,
    Centre for Language and Communication Research,
    Cardiff University,
    PO Box 94,
    Cardiff CF10 3XB,
    Wales, UK.
    tel. +44 (0)29 2087 6338 (work)
    fax  +44(0)29 2087 4242 (work)
    Email: vanleeuwent@cardiff.ac.uk

  •  Prof. Anthony Baldry,
    Dipartimento di Lingue e Letterature Straniere Moderne,
    Università di Pavia,
    Strada Nuova, 106/C,
    27100 Pavia,
    ITALY.
    Email: baldry@gemini.unipv.it
               
    aula@unipv.it
    tel.
    +39 0382 504462 (work)
          

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