From Pattern to System: an exploration in lexical grammar

Everyone is invited to the 2023 Annual Sinclair Lecture at the University of Birmingham!

This year’s lecture will be delivered by Professor Susan Hunston OBE

Date:  Monday 11th September 2023, 6pm 

Title:  “From Pattern to System: an exploration in lexical grammar”

Venue: Arts Building, Main Lecture Theatre (Room 120)

The approaches to lexis and grammar pioneered by Michael Halliday and by John Sinclair can be seen as conflicting or as complementary. For the most part they have developed independently of each other. This lecture reports on a project to bring the two approaches together and to populate systemic networks with constructions derived from pattern grammar. It will show that the concept of system is invaluable in demonstrating a hierarchy of constructions derived from patterns, and then in explicating choices available to speakers in specific areas of meaning. The paper will also consider the possible practical applications of this work.

We are back to an in-person event this year  – so you are invited to raise a glass with us after the lecture!

The event is free, but please let us know that you are coming: