LEGITIMATION CODE THEORY: Karl Maton and Yaegan Doran

Legitimation Code Theory (LCT) is at the cutting-edge of SFL and widely used as a complementary framework by a growing number of systemic functional linguists, including such renowned scholars as J.R. Martin and a new generation of interdisciplinary postgraduates. LCT and SFL are often used together to research and shape education, by exploring knowledge practices alongside linguistic practices. This cross-disciplinary collaboration is leading to advances in SFL theory (including new conceptions of field and mode) and in teaching, including the widely adopted notion of ‘semantic waves.’ This workshop will introduce key ideas of LCT and show how they can be used productively with SFL. In particular, participants will learn about the widely-used dimensions of Semantics and Specialization and the new dimension of Autonomy. The workshop will demonstrate how these sets of concepts can be used to reveal new insights into a range of phenomena. Participants will also learn how LCT concepts can be used in conjunction with SFL. Each day will combine a lecture explaining key ideas and a workshop for learning how to use those ideas practice. The three-day course will equip participants with some of the most innovative tools for cross-disciplinary research and teaching in the field of educational linguistics available.

Prerequisites: an open mind and positivity.


There is no required reading, howver the following resources may prove valuable:

Maton, K. (2013). Making semantic waves: A key to cumulative knowledge-building. Linguistics and Education, 24(1), 8-22.

Maton, K. & Doran, Y.J. (2017). SFL and code theory. In Bartlett, T. & O’Grady, G. (Eds.) The Routledge Systemic Functional Linguistic handbook. London: Routledge.

Martin, J.R. & Maton, K. (2017, March). Systemic functional linguistics and Legitimation Code Theory on education: Rethinking field and knowledge structure. Onomázein, 12–45.