On the 7th and 8th of May, 2011, the School of Foreign Languages and Literature held an high-end seminar on application research of systemic functional linguistics. This ceremony featured the awarding of an honorary professorship to Halliday. BNU President Zhong addressed the gathering of linguistic experts and scholars from and abroad and representative teachers and students of BNU participated in the ceremony.
President Zhong awarded the honorary doctorate to professor Halliday, a well-known linguist and a permanent member of the Linguistics Society of America, an academician of Human Science of Australia, and an honorary professor at the University of Sydney, in Australia. President Zhong recognized professor Halliday’s academic achievements and his remarkable contributions to international academia, and he extended his gratitude as well for the support of honorary professors Madison and Webster in their research on functional linguistics research at BNU. President Zhong expressed his wish that the arrival of the three renowned scholars will significantly promote the level of research at BNU, as well as the international communication and cooperation in linguistics therefore promoted with BNU.
Functional linguistics, created by Halliday, is one of the most influential linguistic disciplines, and it has greatly influenced research in other areas, including Theoretical linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, and Language Education, among others. Professor Halliday has been conducting scientific research and giving lectures at BNU and has significantly promoted the academic discipline and development of linguistics, especially in terms of research on the theory and application of functional linguistics.
After the ceremony, the international high-end seminar on applied research of systemic functional linguistics, which is an important conference in the field of linguistics, commenced. Professor Halliday and other international renowned linguists presented their reports on the seminar.
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