Introduction

Officially launched in March 2006, The Halliday Centre for Intelligent Applications of Language Studies (HCLS) bears the name of the world-renowned linguist, Professor M.A.K. Halliday. The Halliday Centre, located at City University of Hong Kong (CityU), has the distinct honour of being named after this distinguished scholar, who for over half a century has been enriching the discipline of linguistics with his keen insight into this social semiotic phenomenon we call language. His scholarship has advanced our understanding of language as an activity which is rational and relational, systemic and semantic, dynamic and diverse. The Centre Director is Professor Jonathan Webster, Department of Linguistics and Translation.