Name:Wendy L. BOWCHER Professional Title:Full Professor, Deputy Director of the Centre for Australian Studies (SYSU), PhD Supervisor Highest Degree:PhD Graduated from:University of Liverpool, UK Contact Number:+6-13433942407 Email:wendylee@mail.sysu.edu.cn Personal Homepage:See profiles on LinkedIn, Research Gate, Academia.edu






2001             Ph.D. (Linguistics), University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UNITED KINGDOM.

1989             MA (Applied Linguistics – Pass with Merit), University of Sydney, Sydney,                                AUSTRALIA.

1982             BA (Honours – Class 1 Linguistics), (BA Honours and Diploma of Education                              conferred in 1983), Macquarie University, Sydney, AUSTRALIA.

1981             BA Diploma of Education, Macquarie University, Sydney, AUSTRALIA.


1986             Associate Music Australia (A Mus. A) Diploma in Pianoforte Performing,                            Australian Music Examinations Board, AUSTRALIA.

1985             New South Wales Department of Education Teacher’s Certificate, AUSTRALIA.


2013–             Full Professor in the School of Foreign Languages, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, CHINA,Deputy Director of the Centre for Australian Studies at SYSU.

2009–2013      Full Professor and Director of the Applied Linguistics Program in the                            School of Foreign Languages, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, CHINA.

2007–2009      Consultant Forensic Linguist providing services to lawyers, law firms and                  private individuals, based in New South Wales, AUSTRALIA.

1994–2006      Lecturer on the Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages                (MA TESOL) Program at Teachers College Columbia University, Tokyo,                        JAPAN.

1998–2007      Associate Professor of Linguistics, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature,         Tokyo Gakugei University, Tokyo, JAPAN.

1995–1998      Lecturer in Linguistics in the Education Department Number One at Tokyo                 Gakugei University, Tokyo, JAPAN.

1992–1995     Lecturer and Co-ordinator of the Freshman Writing Program in the English           Language Program, Obirin University, Tokyo, JAPAN.

1989–1992     Instructor and Co-ordinator of the English for Academic Purposes Course in          Geography (1990-1991) in the Intensive English Language Program at Temple                      University, Tokyo, JAPAN.

1987–1989     Multicultural Education Consultant in the Multicultural Education Unit in the           Special Programs Directorate of the New South Wales Department of Education,            Sydney, AUSTRALIA.

1984–1987     English and History Teacher at Northmead High School, Sydney,                               AUSTRALIA.

1983–1983     English and History Teacher at Cambridge Park High School, Sydney,                       AUSTRALIA.


2002–2006     Ombudsperson and Dispute Resolution at Teachers College Columbia                              University, Tokyo, JAPAN.

1991–1993     Education and Cultural Adviser for Tokyo University of Foreign Studies                          Regional Exchange Program, (REX Program), Tokyo, JAPAN.



1.      Thompson, Geoff, BOWCHER, Wendy L., Fontaine, Lise, and Liang, Jennifer Y. (eds.) (2016) Handbook of Systemic Functional Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


2.      BOWCHER, Wendy L. and Liang Jennifer Y. (eds.) (in press 2015) Society in Language, Language in Society: Essays in Honour of Ruqaiya Hasan. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.


  1. BOWCHER, Wendy L. and Smith, Bradley A. (eds.) (2014) Systemic Phonology: Recent Studies in English.London: Equinox Publishers.


4.      BOWCHER, Wendy L. (ed.) (2012) Multimodal Texts from Around the World: Cultural and Linguistic Insights. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.


5.      Royce, Terry D. and BOWCHER, Wendy L. (eds.) (2007) New Directions in the Analysis of Multimodal Discourse. Mahwah, NJ.: Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates. Softcover edition (2014) London: Routledge.



BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2011) A Stroll Around the Campus: A Guide to the History and Nature of Tokyo Gakugei University and the Surrounding Musashino Area. (武蔵野の自然と歴史キャンパス周辺散策ガイド), (Japanese to English), (Tokyo: Tokyo Gakugei University Press).



  1. Zhang, Junyu and BOWCHER, Wendy L. (forthcoming) ‘“Tracks in the Snowy Forest, Fishing and Hunting as Traditional Ways of Life”: Cultural artefacts made of Heilongjiang fish skin, animal skin, birch bark: An Exhibition Review’ Visual Communication (SSCI).

2.      BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2016) ‘Context’. In Thompson, Geoff, BOWCHER, Wendy L. Fontaine, Lise, and Liang, Jennifer Y. (eds.) Handbook of Systemic Functional Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

3.      Debashish, Meena and BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2016) ‘Intonation’. In Geoff Thompson, Wendy L. BOWCHER, Lise Fontaine, and Jennifer Y. Liang (eds.) Handbook of Systemic Functional Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  1. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (forthcoming 2015) ‘Structure and Multimodal Texts’. In Janina Wildfeuer (ed.)Building Bridges for Multimodal Research. International Perspectives on Theories and Practices of Multimodal Analysis. Bern/New York: Peter Lang.
  2. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (forthcoming 2015) ‘Field, Tenor and Mode’. In Tom Bartlett and Gerard O’Grady (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Systemic Functional Linguistics. London: Routledge.
  3. Wen Suijun and BOWCHER, Wendy L. (forthcoming 2015) Multimodal Film Analysis by John Bateman and H.K. Schmidt, Routledge, 2012. Visual Communication (SSCI).
  4. BOWCHER, Wendy L. and Liang J.Y. (in press 2015) ‘GSP and Multimodal Texts’. In Wendy L. Bowcher and Jennifer Y. Liang (eds.) Society in Language, Language in Society: Essays in Honour of Ruqaiya Hasan.Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
  5. Xia, J. and BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2015) ‘An Ideational Intersemiotic Analysis of a Patriotic Reading Text in Primary Yuwen Textbook One’. (小学语文教科书中的爱国主义语篇的概念意义构建研究) [in Chinese].Journal of Jiangxi Normal University, 48(2): 152-155 (CSSCI).
  6. Zhang, Junyu and BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2015) Spoken and Written Discourse in Online Interactions: A Multimodal Approach (Routledge Studies in Multimodality), by Maria Grazia Sindoni, 2013. Learning, Media and Technology (SSCI).
  7. BOWCHER, Wendy L. and Wen, Suijun (2015) Multimodal Epistemologies: Towards an Integrated Framework edited by Arianna Maiorani and Christine Christie (Routledge). Social Semiotics 25(1): 110-115 (SSCI).
  8. BOWCHER, Wendy L. and Smith, Bradley (2014) ‘Introduction’In Wendy L. Bowcher and Bradley A. Smith (eds.) Systemic Phonology: Recent Studies in English. London: Equinox Press.
  9. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2014) Systemic Functional Perspectives of Japanese: Descriptions and Applicationsedited by Elizabeth A. Thomson and William S. Armour, Equinox, 2013. Functions of Language 21(2): 259-265 (SSCI).
  10. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2014) ‘Issues in Developing Unified Systems for Contextual Field and Mode’Functions of Language 21(2): 176-209 (SSCI).
  11. Liang, Jennifer Y. and BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2014) Multimodal Studies: Exploring Issues and Domainsedited by Kay L. O’Halloran and Bradley A. Smith, 2011. Australian Journal of Linguistics 34(3): 420-429. DOI 10.1080/07268602.2014.919692 (SSCI).
  12. BOWCHER, Wendy L. and Liang, Jennifer Y. (2014) ‘Representing Chairman Mao: A Social Semiotic Analysis of two Statues on a “Red Tour”’ Visual Communication 13(1): 3-30 (SSCI).
  13. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2013) ‘Material Action as Choice in Field’. In Lise Fontaine, Tom Bartlett, and Gerard O’Grady (eds.) Systemic Functional Linguistics: Exploring Choice, 318-341. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  14. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2013) Semiotic Margins: Meaning in Multimodalities edited by Shoshana Dreyfus, Susan Hood, and Maree Stenglin. Australian Journal of Linguistics 33(2): 228-236 (SSCI).
  15. BOWCHER, Wendy L., Liang, Jennifer Y. and Wen Suijun (2013) ‘The Multimodal Construal of the Experiential Domain of Recipes in Japanese and Chinese’ Semiotica 197: 233-265 (A&HCI).
  16. BOWCHER, Wendy L. and Liang, Jennifer Y. (2013) ‘Chinese Tourist Site Entry Tickets: Intersemiotic Complementarity in an Ecosocial Process’ Social Semiotics 23(3): 385-408. DOI 10.1080/10350330.2012.738996 (SSCI).
  17. BOWCHER, Wendy L. and Xia Jinping (2012) ‘Interpreting Chinese Elementary School Education from a Multiliteracies Perspective’. In John Knox (ed.) To Boldly Proceed: Papers from the 39th International Systemic Functional Congress. Sydney: The Organising Committee of the 39th International Systemic Functional Congress.
  18. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2012) ‘Multimodality in Japanese Anti-war Placards’. In Wendy L. Bowcher (ed.)Multimodal Texts from Around the World: Cultural and Linguistic Insights. Basingstoke, New Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
  19. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2012) ‘Introduction’. In Wendy L. Bowcher (ed.) Multimodal Texts from Around the World: Cultural and Linguistic Insights. Basingstoke, New Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
  20. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2011) ‘The History and Theoretical Development of “Context of Situation” in Systemic Functional Linguistics’. In Chang Chenguang and Chen Yumin (eds.) Context in Systemic Functional Linguistics. Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press.
  21. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2011) ‘Dealing with Death in an Educational Context’ Journal of Intercultural Education 22(3):149-162.
  22. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2010) ‘Assessing the Concerns of the Client: An Analysis of an Extract from a “Reasons for Decision” Document’In Canzhong Wu, Christian Matthiessen, and Maria Herke (eds.)Proceedings of ISFC35 “Voices Around the World” Vol. 2. Sydney: The 35th ISFC Organising Committee, 46-51.
  23. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2010) ‘The History and Theoretical Development of “Context of Situation” in Systemic Functional Linguistics’ Annual Review of Functional Linguistics 2: 64-93.
  24. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2010) ‘My First Encounters with Systemic Functional Linguistics’ Forum on Systemic Functional Linguistics Studies 1:4-16.
  25. Galien, Patricia and BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2010) ‘Using Blogs in ESL/EFL Teaching and Teacher-Training’ Asian EFL Journal 42:4-23.
  26. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2009) ‘Trips and Traps with Transcripts’ NSW Law Society Journal 47(3):78-80.
  27. Galien, Patricia and BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2009) Innovative Uses of Blogs in TESOL ITBE Illinois TESOL Bilingual Education) Newsletter 37(2):1,3,4.
  28. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2009) ‘Transcriptions for Legal Purposes: A Lawyer’s Guide in Plain English’ Online at the Forensic Linguistics Institutehttp://www.thetext.co.uk/bowcher-transcription/
  29. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2007) ‘Field and Multimodal Texts’. In Ruqaiya Hasan, Christian Matthiessen, and Jonathan Webster (eds.) Continuing Discourse on Language, 619-646. London: Equinox Publishers.
  30. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2007) ‘A Multimodal Analysis of Good Guys and Bad Guys in Rugby League Week’. In Terry D. Royce and Wendy L. Bowcher (eds.) New Directions in Multimodal Discourse Analysis, 239-274. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  31. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2006) ‘Networking the Field of Page-based Instructional Multimodal Texts’. In Masa-chiyo Amano (ed.) Multimodality: Towards the Most Efficient Communications by Humans,Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference: Studies for the Integrated Text Science. Graduate School of Letters, Nagoya University, 1-16.
  32. Marshall, Nicholas and BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2006) Systemic Functional Linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis edited by Lynne Young and Claire Harrison 2004. Discourse and Society 17(3):265-270 (A&HCI).
  33. Galien, Patricia and BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2005) ‘Encouraging Reticent Students to Contribute’. ITBE (Illinois TESOL Bilingual Education) Newsletter 33(2):1, 6.
  34. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2004) ‘Theme and New in Radio Sports Commentating’. In D. Banks (ed.) Text and Texture: Systemic Functional Viewpoints on the Nature and Structure of Text. Paris: L’Harmattan.
  35. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2003) ‘Speaker Contributions in Radio Sports Commentary’. TEXT (Text and Talk) 23(4):445-476 (SSCI).
  36. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2003) ‘Creating Informational Waves: Theme and New Choices in Play-by-Play Radio Sports Commentary’. In Masa-chiyo Amano (ed.) Creation and Practical Use of Language Texts. Proceedings of the Second International Conference for the Integrated Text Science. 21st Century COE Program, Graduate School of Letters, Nagoya University.
  37. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (1999) ‘Investigating Institutionalization in Context’. In Mohsen Ghadessy (ed.)Text and Context in Functional Linguistics, 141-176. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishers.
  38. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (1998) Ways of Saying: Ways of Meaning: Selected Papers of Ruqaiya Hasan, edited by Carmel Cloran, David Butt and Geoff Williams. Australian Journal of Linguistics 18(1):115-122. (SSCI).
  39. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (1998) ‘Intonation in English: Workshop’. JASFL Occasional Papers 1:51-68.
  40. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (1997) The Functional Analysis of English: A Hallidayan Approach, by Thomas Bloor and Meriel Bloor JALT Journal 19(2):324-327.
  41. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (1996) ‘Teaching the Narrative Essay: A Genre Approach in the EFL Context’. In Peter Storey, Vivian Berry, David Bunton, Philip Hoare (eds.) Issues in Language in Education, Selected Papers from the International Language in Education Conference, 1995, 35-56. Hong Kong: Department of Curriculum Studies, The University of Hong Kong.
  42. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (1996) ‘Field Trips on Courses in English for Academic Purposes’. In Ian Gleadall and Judith Johnson (eds.) Our ShareThe Japan Association for Language Teaching, Material Writers National Special Interest Group, 36-40.
  43. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (1995) ‘Two Models of Register: Halliday and Martin’ Obirin Studies in English Language and Literature 35:123-145.
  44. Galien, Patricia and BOWCHER, Wendy L. (1995) ‘Towards a Broader View of Authenticity in the Language Classroom: A Discussion Paper’. In David Nunan, Roger Berry and Vivian Berry (eds.) Bringing About Change in Language Education, Proceedings of the International Language in Education Conference 1994, 103-119. Hong Kong: Department of Curriculum Studies, The University of Hong Kong.
  45. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (1994) ‘EAP Fieldtrips’ The Language Teacher 18(1):38-42.
  46. Royce, Terry D. and BOWCHER, Wendy L. (1991) ‘Getting Out of the Classroom: Fieldwork and Excursions in English for Academic Purpose Courses’. In Verner Bickley (ed.) Where from here? Issues relating to the Planning, Managing and Implementation of Language Teaching and Training Programmes in the 90’s, 272-286. Hong Kong: Institute of Language in Education, Hong Kong Education Department.



  1. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2005) (translation: Japanese to English) Tokyo Gakugei University Four Seasons. (東京学芸大学四季) DVD cover notes. (Tokyo Gakugei Press).
  2. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (2002) ‘Towards a Description of Speaker Contributions to Radio Sports Commentary’ EigakuRonkou (English Studies) 33:71.
  3. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (1998) ‘Intonation in Radio Sports Commentating: Towards an Analysis and Interpretation’. In Yukio Nagahara (ed.) Koubunnokairuinikansuru Kijutsuteki oyobi Rirontekikenkyuu (Descriptions and Theories of Sentence Subordination), Japanese Ministry of Education Research Grant no. 07451097.
  4. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (1998) ‘An Exploration of Institutionalized Features in the Context of Commercial Radio Sports Commentating’ EigakuRonkou (English Studies) 29:84-108.
  5. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (1996) Review of Plenary JASFL ’95 by Christian Matthiessen: ‘Lexicogrammatical Cartography’ Network JASFL 2(2) and 3(1):10.
  6. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (1994) ‘A Brief Overview of Systemic Functional Linguistics and an Analysis of Text’ Obirin Review of International Studies 6:153-177.
  7. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (1994) Some Origins and Fundamental Concepts of Systemic Functional LinguisticsNetwork JASFL (Newsletter of the Japan Association of Systemic Functional Linguistics) 1:(2):10-13.
  8. BOWCHER, Wendy L. (1988) ‘A Brief Bibliography of Useful Resources for Multicultural Perspectives to Australian History’ History Teaching Association of New South Wales Teaching History Journal Incorporating Newsletter 22(3):57.



1987–1989     Contributions to: Human Rights in Education (1987), Modern History In-service    Modules(1988), Living Tourism, NSW Tourism Commission (1987), and Girls    Self Esteem Modules, Participation and Equity Program, NSW Department of   Education (1987).

1987             (with Rachel Skrabanich) Concept developed for classroom teaching/learning board game: New South Wales: The State of Play. Sydney: Tourism Commission      of New South Wales.


2013              BOWCHER, Wendy L. (ed.) The International Journal of the Oita Text                               ForumVolume 1.1 http://oitatextforum.com/journal.html

1998              Yamaguchi, Noboru and BOWCHER, Wendy L. (eds.) JASFL Occasional                           Papers. Volume 1(1). The Journal of the Japan Association of Systemic                                  Functional Linguistics.


  • Functional Linguistics (Journal) (Springer)
  • Text and Social Context (monograph series) published by Equinox Publishers, series editors Tom Bartlett, Alison Moore and Geoff Thompson.
  • International Journal of the Oita Text Forum published by the Oita Text Forum, Oita University, Japan


  • Australian Journal of Linguistics (SSCI) (Taylor & Francis)
  • Functional Linguistics (Springer)
  • Functions of Language (SSCI) (Benjamins)
  • Journal of Intercultural Education (Taylor & Francis)
  • Linguistics and the Human Sciences (Equinox)
  • Social Semiotics (SSCI) (Taylor & Francis)
  • Text & Talk (SSCI) (DeGruyter Mouton)
  • Visual Communication (SSCI) (Sage)
  • Taylor & Francis Publishers
  • Palgrave Macmillan Publishers
  • Research Grants Council of Hong Kong


  • Analysis of English Spoken Texts & English Intonation
  • Linguistic Theory, in particular the concept of ‘Context’
  • Multimodal Discourse Analysis of English, Chinese, and Japanese texts
  • Multiliteracies Education
  • Social Semiotics
  • Australian Studies
  • Audio-visual translation



2011–2014     Deputy Chair of the International Systemic Functional Linguistics Association.

2006–2014     Executive Board Member of the Japan Association of Systemic Functional                         Linguistics, JAPAN.

2002–2014     Research Associate to ‘Centre for Language in Social Life’, Linguistics                               Department, Macquarie University, NSW, AUSTRALIA.

2005–2006     National Level Consulting Interviewer/Evaluator of Japanese Overseas                            Postgraduate Applicants for the Japanese Government, Japan National                              Personnel Authority (日本人事院), JAPAN.

2003              Awarded Tenure The first western employee to be awarded tenure at Tokyo                        Gakugei University, Tokyo, JAPAN.

2001–2004     Visiting Research Scientist at the Brain Science Institute of Rikagaku                                 KenkyushoRIKEN, the Institute of Physical and Chemical ResearchTokyo,                            JAPAN.

1996–2005     Vice President of the Japan Association of Systemic Functional Linguistics,                        JAPAN.

1995             Visiting Research Associate, English Department, Glendon College, York                            University, Toronto, CANADA.