first announcement ICFG12 and IPCFG3

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First Announcement


12th International Conference on Functional Grammar
Universidade Estadual Paulista, São José do Rio Preto, Brazil
19-22 July 2006

preceded by


3rd International Postgraduate Course on Functional Grammar
Universidade estadual Paulista, São José do Rio Preto, Brazil
17-19 July 2006


Since 1984, there has been a highly successful biennial series of International Conferences on Functional Grammar (ICFG). The first eleven conferences took place in 

ICFG1		Amsterdam - UvA, 1984
ICFG2		Antwerp, 1986
ICFG3		Amsterdam - VU, 1988
ICFG4		Copenhagen, 1990
ICFG5		Antwerp, 1992
ICFG6		York, 1994
ICFG7		Córdoba, 1996
ICFG8		Amsterdam - VU, 1998
ICFG9		Madrid - UNED, 2000
ICFG10	Amsterdam - UvA, 2002
ICFG11         Gijón - 2004

The aim of ICFG is to further elaborate the model of Functional Grammar (FG) that was originally proposed by the late Simon Dik. A full treatment of FG may be found in: Dik, Simon C. 1997,  The Theory of Functional Grammar. 2 Vols. Ed. by Kees Hengeveld. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. The most recent version of FG is called Functional Discourse Grammar. A sketch of this model may be found in: Hengeveld, Kees & J. Lachlan Mackenzie, 'Functional Discourse Grammar', In: Keith Brown (ed), Encyclopedia of Language and Lingistics, 2nd Edition. Oxford: Elsevier, downloadable from --> Publications --> FDG

The venue

ICFG12 will be hosted by the Universidade  Estadual Paulista (UNESP), São José do Rio Preto, Brazil.  São José do Rio Preto is a 350,000 inhabitant city, located 450km from the city of São Paulo. Information about travel arrangements and accommodation in São José do Rio Preto will be provided in the second circular.

Local organization

The local organizing committee consists of Marize Dall'Aglio-Hattnher (president), Roberto Gomes Camacho, Erotilde Goretti Pezatti, Sebastião Carlos Leite Gonçalves and Sandra Denise Gasparini Bastos.

The Conference Programme

Although the conference programme will host all possible topics related to the further elaboration of F(D)G, one topic will be given special attention at the conference: the conference will start on Wednesday afternoon 19 July with a special workshop on Complex structures in Grammar and Discourse.
The length of the papers will be 30 minutes followed by another 10 minutes of discussion. The language of the conference will be English.
Apart from the workshop and general sessions, there will be ample room for poster presentations. 

Programme committee

The board of the Functional Grammar Foundation (FGF) has appointed the following programme committee for ICFG12: Daniel García Velasco (president), Marize Dall'Aglio-Hattner, and Kees Hengeveld. The programme committee will evaluate the anonymous abstracts and decide on their inclusion in the conference programme. In case a member of the programme committee submits an abstract, he/she will not evaluate his/her own abstract, but a member of the board of FGF will step in to evaluate the abstract of the committee member involved.


Given the role the quality of the abstract plays in the selection procedure, it should contain at least the following items: a clearly defined and well-motivated research question; the crucial examples illustrating the relevance of the research question; and the main conclusions the paper arrives at. Abstracts should have a length of approximately 1000 words, i.e. roughly 3 pages, and should not contain the name of the author. References to the literature cited should be given. References containing the name of the author may also be given but will be suppressed before the abstract is sent to the programme committee. Please indicate in the accompanying message whether you want to present a paper or a poster.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts of papers and posters is 15 December 2005.  Abstracts should be submitted electronically to the international secretary of the FGF at  fg-fgw at  

Conference Fee

The regular fees, in Brazil Reais,  are as follows:

 Conference	  R$   170,00	appr. Euro  60,00	
 Course  (includes conference)	  R$   290,00	appr. Euro 100,00	
 Conference	  R$   140,00	appr. Euro 50,00	
 Course  (includes conference)	  R$   225,00	appr. Euro 80,00	

Since bank taxes are very high in Brazil, fees can be paid upon registration only.

Brazilian participants are offered the possibility to pay the fee in advance as well as upon registration. Due to a partial grant by the Brazilian Government for all Brazilian participants the fees for Brazilians will be:

Regular	Advance payment	Upon registration	
 Conference	 R$     60,00	R$     75,00	
 Course (includes conference)	 R$   100,00	R$   120,00	
 Conference	 R$     50,00	R$     65,00	
 Course (includes conference)	 R$     80,00	R$   100,00	


A limited number of waivers will be available. Applications should be sent to the international secretary of the FGF at fg-fgw at 


The second circular will contain all details about how to (pre-)register for ICFG12.
This information will also be made available on our website

Pre-Conference Course

In view of the success of the pre-conference courses in 2002 and 2004, an intensive course on Functional (Discourse) Grammar will be organized in the days preceding the conference to enable linguists unfamiliar with the theory to prepare for the conference. The course will be organized with participants at PhD level in mind. The course preceding ICFG12 will focus on the Functional Discourse Grammar model and will also prepare the students for the special conference theme. 
Please inform your PhD students and colleagues unfamiliar with Functional (Discourse) Grammar of this possibility of getting acquainted with the theory and its applications. Further details about registration will be provided in the second circular and on our website


All information concerning ICFG12  and IPCFG3 will be made available at

How we try to reach you

All information concerning ICFG12 is being sent out by email to those who have expressed their interest in the past. If you do not wish to receive any further information, please let us know.

How you can reach us 

The email address for all matters related to the conference programme is: 
  fg-fgw at 

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