MemberJan Rijkhoff

From 1990 to 1994 I was a core member of the EuroTyp project (funded by the European Science Foundation) and in 1995 I held a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung at the University of Konstanz (Germany). Before coming to the University of Aarhus (Denmark), I was a visiting scholar at the University of Texas at Austin (1997–1999). I hold a BA in Dutch language and literature from the Free University Amsterdam (VU) and an MA and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Amsterdam (UvA). My main areas of research are linguistic typology, parts-of-speech, lexical semantics (especially nominal aspect and Seinsart) and grammatical theory, in particular semantic and morpho–syntactic parallels between the NP and the sentence within the theoretical framework of Simon C. Dik’s Functional Grammar (Dik 1997) and its successor Functional Discourse Grammar (Hengeveld & Mackenzie 2008). I have authored or co-authored papers in these areas for Journal of Linguistics, Journal of Semantics, Linguistics, Studies in Language, Linguistic Typology, Functions of Language, Acta Linguistica Hafniensia, Italian Journal of Linguistics (Rivista di Linguistica), Language and Linguistics Compass, Belgian Journal of Linguistics and contributed to various anthologies, handbooks etc., such as Approaches to the Typology of Word Classes (Vogel & Comrie eds. 2000), Theory and Practice in Functional-Cognitive Space (M. de los Ángeles Gómez González et al. eds. 2014), International Handbook of Typology (Haspelmath et al. eds. 2001), The Expression of Possession (McGregor ed. 2009), Rethinking Universals: How rarities affect linguistic theory (Wohlgemuth & Cysouw eds. 2010), Handbook of Mereology (H. Burkhardt, J. Seibt & G. Imaguire eds. 2017), Elsevier’s International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd edition, 2015), and the Oxford Handbook of Determiners (Martina Wiltschko & Solveiga Armoskaite eds. – to appear). My book The Noun Phrase (Oxford University Press 2002Hb/2004Pb) investigates NPs in a representative sample of the world’s languages and proposes a four-layered, semantic model to describe their underlying structure in any language. It examines the semantic and morpho-syntactic properties of the constituents of NPs, and in doing so it shows that the NP word order patterns of any language can be derived from three universal ordering principles. Subsequently I proposed a five-layered meaning-function based NP structure in an anthology I edited with Daniel García Velasco (Universidad de Oviedo, Spain): The Noun Phrase in Functional Discourse Grammar (2006 – Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter). My current research is concerned with categories, modification, the parts-of-speech hierarchy, the semantics of flexible word classes, the relation between form and function, and various aspects of NPs in Functional Discourse Grammar. My most recent book publication (2013) is an anthology entitled Flexible Word Classes (co-editor: Eva van Lier) for Oxford University Press.

MemberPatrice Quammie-Wallen

…Society for Caribbean Linguistics (SCL)

International Systemic Functional Linguistics Association (ISFLA)

British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)…
…Quammie–Wallen, P. (2021). Vague language in Hong Kong English, ‘Something like that’: A comparative corpus investigation into a defining feature of English in Hong Kong. English Today, 37(1), 13-25. Epub 2019/09/12. doi:10.1017/S0266078419000415

Quammie-Wallen, Patrice. (Thurs 5 July, 2018). Discovering the functional architecture of play texts. 28 European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference: Language, Specialised Knowledge, and Literacy.  (28ESFLC2018) Pavia. Italy.

Quammie-Wallen, Patrice (Sept 2018). An exploratory experiential survey of the play text. LinC Summer School and Workshop 2018 – SFL and Register & Context, Aachen, Germany.



Patrice is a linguist, Creative and Performing Arts practitioner, educator, and researcher.  She is currently conducting her PhD research in functional grammar and stage directions. Her undergraduate teaching  includes Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Vocal Diction and Academic Writing, with English Language, Literature, and Communication Studies taught at secondary school. Her research to date has applied corpus methods, sociolinguistic methodologies, discourse analysis, formal grammar, and functional grammar to areas such as World Englishes, academic writing, media representations, multimodality, and drama theory. She is a PhD Researcher in the Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

MemberRachel Mikos

Currently completing a doctoral studies at Charles University in Prague on a linguistic analysis of abstraction and ambiguity in Mongolian riddles. Themes includes: “ruined” and “eroded” words, Tibetan, Sanskrit, and Chinese loanwords as traces of linguistic archeology; structural analysis of parallelism, layered and stepped riddles; missing ethnographic context; cosmological imagery generated through iconopeia or image-formation words; the function of deixis, movement and stasis in Mongolian riddles.

MemberPeter Austin

My research interests cover documentary, descriptive, theoretical, historical and applied linguistics. I have extensive fieldwork experience since 1972 on Australian Aboriginal languages (northern New South Wales, northern South Australia, and north-west Western Australia) and co-authored with David Nathan the first fully page-formatted hypertext dictionary on the World Wide Web, a bilingual dictionary of Gamilaraay (Kamilaroi), northern New South Wales, as well as publishing seven bilingual dictionaries of Aboriginal languages. Since 2011 I have been working with the Dieri Aboriginal Corporation on revitalisation of the Dieri language spoken in South Australia (see Dieri WordPress). Since 1995 I have been carrying out research on Sasak and Samawa, Austronesian languages spoken on Lombok and Sumbawa islands, eastern Indonesia, in collaboration with colleagues at Mataram University and Frankfurt University. My theoretical research is mainly on syntax and focuses on Lexical Functional Grammar, morpho-syntactic typology, computer-aided lexicography and multi-media for endangered languages. I have also published on historical and comparative linguistics, typology, and Aboriginal history and biography. I am currently working with Dr Julia Sallabank and with colleagues at University of Warsaw and Leiden University on an EU Horizon2020 Twinning project called Engaged Humanities, and with Professor Stefanie Pillai, University of Malaya, on a British Academy-funded collaborative research project in Malaysia.

MemberKristy Beers Fägersten

I received my PhD in 2000 from the University of Florida, with the dissertation A Descriptive Analysis of the Social Functions of Swearing in American English. My dissertation supervisor was Diana Boxer. My research interests include pragmatics, sociolinguistics, and discourse and conversation analysis. I’m member of the networks SwiSca (Swearing in Scandinavia) and NNCoRe (Nordic Network for Comics Research), which relate to my specialization on the use of English swear words in Sweden and the oral, conversational aspects of contemporary Swedish comic strips. Some projects already under way include: Advances in Swearing Research: New Contexts, New Languages, co-edited with Karyn Stapleton from the University of Ulster (under review). This volume includes my chapter, FUCK CANCER, Fucking Åmål, Aldrig fucka upp: The Standardization of fuck in Swedish Media. Linguistic and pragmatic outcomes of contact with English, special issue co-edited with Liz Petersen, University of Helsinki (in preparation). This issue includes my article, “What’s so funny about swearing? English swearwords as Swedish humor.” Other articles in preparation include: “The role of English-language swearing in creating an online persona: The case of Swedish YouTuber PewDiePie” “Taking turns and taking drinks: The integration of drinking in comic strip conversation’

MemberSuzanne Evans Wagner

Suzanne Evans Wagner is Associate Professor of Linguistics and Director of Graduate Studies in Linguistics at Michigan State University. She is also Director of the MSU Sociolinguistics Lab. Her research addresses questions in the study of language variation and language change, particularly with regard to age and the lifespan. She is series co-editor, with Isabelle Buchstaller, of Routledge Studies in Language Change