A Symposium to Honour Michael Halliday in his 90th year

Michael Halliday, a visionary linguist – a Celebration of His Work


Born in England in 1925, MAK Halliday joined the British army in World War II, as a specialist in Chinese language. He went on to study linguistics and Chinese at Peking University and Lingnan University before returning to England to complete a PhD in Chinese at the University of Cambridge. After four years teaching Chinese at Cambridge (1954-58) he turned to teaching linguistics at the University of Edinburgh (1958-63) and later at the University of London (1963-70). He was appointed Foundation Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney in 1976, retiring in 1987. His early work on the grammar of Chinese and English led to the emergence of the theory of systemic functional linguistics, the functional theory for which he is well known. His most frequently cited work is his Introduction to a Functional Grammar, first published in 1985, and revised three times, most recently in 2014 with Christian Matthiessen. His 11 volume Collected Works, edited by Jonathon Webster, is now available from Continuum.

This symposium honours Michael Halliday for his achievements and reflects on his remarkable insights about language and its central role in all areas of human endeavour and experience.


The Symposium will be held in the Woolley Building, at the University of Sydney, 17th February 2015, starting at 9.00am and concluding in the late afternoon with drinks and birthday celebrations.

Lunch and morning and afternoon teas will be provided

Registration details:

Participants are asked to register by 1st February 2015. Registration fees ($40, and $20 for full time students) are to be paid on the day.
Please Register by clicking on the Registration tab above and following the instructions.


For further information contact Fran Christie- frances.christie@sydney.edu.au



The symposium is generously supported by the Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association.