Language, Context and Text | The Social Semiotics Forum

ORCID logoXingwei Miao | Beijing Normal University, China | mxw at
ORCID logoGeoff Williams | University of Sydney, Australia | geoff.williams at
Associate Editor
He Huang | Beijing Normal University, China
Review Editor
ORCID logoDerek Irwin | University of Nottingham Ningbo, China

Language, Context and Text: The Social Semiotics Forum (LangCT) is an international, refereed journal with a focus on the use, critique and development of social semiotics as originally proposed by the British linguist M.A.K. Halliday. It is dedicated to new theoretical and empirical work in systemic functional linguistics (SFL) concerning any language. Additionally, there is a deep interest in studies of other modalities that use a social semiotic approach and are directly related to SFL. Social semiotic studies of inter-modal relations between language and other meaning systems are of particular interest, as are transdisciplinary studies in which language use plays a key role.

The journal encourages the presentation and critique of new theoretical proposals through careful scholarly analysis, testing of the implications of proposals and presentation of alternative viewpoints broadly within the SFL framework.

The journal publishes research across a broad range of fields and interests: such as, for example, all strata of language and contexts, academic and professional writing, business communication, computational modeling, healthcare communication, child language development, language and literacy learning, literary studies, second and other language learning, social class effects on language use in institutional settings, studies of ideologies, translation and interpretation, and workplace relations.

ISSN: 2589-7233 | E-ISSN: 2589-7241
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Volume 6 (2024)

Volume 5 (2023)

Volume 4 (2022)

Volume 3 (2021)

Volume 2 (2020)

Volume 1 (2019)

Editorial Board
ORCID logoJorge Arús-Hita | Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
ORCID logoWendy L. Bowcher | Macquarie University, Australia
ORCID logoDavid Butt | Macquarie University, Australia
Cecilia Colombi | University of California at Davis, USA
Michael J. Cummings | York University, Canada
ORCID logoY. J. Doran | Australian Catholic University, Australia
Yan Fang | Tsinghua University, China
Zhihui Fang | University of Florida, USA
Lise Fontaine | Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada
ORCID logoSheena Gardner | Coventry University, UK
ORCID logoRuth Harman | University of Georgia, USA
Guowen Huang | South China Agricultural University, China
Rosemary Huisman | University of Sydney, Australia
ORCID logoAnnabelle Lukin | Macquarie University, Australia
J.R. Martin | University of Sydney, Australia
ORCID logoChristian M.I.M. Matthiessen | Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain; Hunan University, China & University of International Business and Economics, China
ORCID logoDonna R. Miller | University of Bologna, Italy
ORCID logoFederico Navarro | Universidad de O’Higgins, Chile
ORCID logoTeresa Oteíza | Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
Xuanwei Peng | Shenzhen University, China
Mary J. Schleppegrell | University of Michigan, USA
Erich Steiner | Saarbrucken University, Germany
ORCID logoMaite Taboada | Simon Fraser University, Canada
Paul J. Thibault | Agder University College, Norway
Zhenhua Wang | Shanghai Jiaotong University, China
Delu Zhang | Tongji University, China
Yongsheng Zhu | Fudan University, China
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Main BIC Subject

CF: Linguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General