Language, Context and Text | The Social Semiotics Forum

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
Sample issue: LangCT 1:1
Xuanwei Peng | Shenzhen University
Geoff Williams | Shenzhen University | geoff.williams at
Associate Editors
Nana Jin | Shenzhen University
Jin Wang | Shenzhen University
Editorial Board
Wendy L. Bowcher | Sun Yat-sen University
David G. Butt | Macquarie University
Cecilia Colombi | University of California at Davis
Michael J. Cummings | York University
Y. J. Doran | Australian Catholic University
Yan Fang | Tsinghua University
Zhihui Fang | University of Florida
Lise Fontaine | Cardiff University
Sheena Gardner | Coventry University
Ruth Harman | University of Georgia
Guowen Huang | South China Agricultural University
Rosemary Huisman | University of Sydney
Annabelle Lukin | Macquarie University
J.R. Martin | University of Sydney
Christian M.I.M. Matthiessen | Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Donna R. Miller | University of Bologna
Federico Navarro | Universidad de O’Higgins
Teresa Oteíza | Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Mary J. Schleppegrell | University of Michigan
Erich Steiner | Saarbrucken University
Maite Taboada | Simon Fraser University
Paul J. Thibault | Agder University College
Zhenhua Wang | Shanghai Jiaotong University
Delu Zhang | Tongji University
Yongsheng Zhu | Fudan University
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Current issue: 3:1, available as of February 2021
Next issue: 3:2, expected November 2021, published online on 15 October 2021

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The journal welcomes articles on topics within the aim and scope of the journal. Submissions should be original and not have been published before or be under simultaneous consideration elsewhere. Submissions are peer-reviewed and assessed for possible publication by the journal editors and at least one further referee, who may be a board member or an external referee, depending on required subject expertise.

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Main BIC Subject

CF: Linguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General