Symposium in Honour of Michael Hoey

After exchanging ideas about a fitting tribute for Michael that would both reflect his work on the English language and also be a way to come together as a community of friends to share our impressions and memories, I hope you will help me to realise what Susan Hunston has suggested to me: a zoom symposium.

The plan is to hold this on Thursday, 24th February 2022 – which would have been Michael’s 74th birthday. The focus will be a series of papers – 12 to 15 minutes in length with eight to ten minutes of discussion each. The plan is to have academic papers during the day. The day will conclude with a session where we all can exchange impressions and memories of Michael.

Furthermore, there will be the opportunity to submit a poster. These will be on display on this site with the opportunity to comment. We also aim to publish the slides of all talks – as available- here.

The symposium is entitled Pathways to Textuality and I am seeking contributions that take ideas and theories Michael Hoey developed in his four key works:  On the Surface of Discourse (Allen & Unwin, 1983), Patterns of Lexis in Text (OUP, 1991), Textual Interaction (Routledge, 2001) and, of course  Lexical Priming (Routledge, 2005). There are, of course, a large number of chapters, papers  and articles Michael has produced – I have chosen these books as markers, corner stones so to say.

Information and dates:

Abstract: 300-500 words in length – excluding references (paper); 300 words – excluding references (poster). Please note that a list of references is expected for the final version.

Submission date: Opens 10/12/2021 and to submit by 10/01/2022 (poster)

Review feedback: by mid- December (papers) & by 30/January/2022 (posters)

Final version due date: 07/January/2022 (papers) & 15/February/2022 (posters)

Presentation format (paper): Feel free to just talk. Slides are welcome.

Presentation format (poster): In the form of slides (.pptx or .pdf)- 3 slides per post maximum.

Please submit to:

Conference site:

Set-up: Zoom. Starting time: 09:00 (UK Time). Finishing: around 16:00 (UK Time). Papers will have 15 minutes presentation time and up to ten minutes for discussion. There will be short breaks between blocks of papers.

Zoom address:


Refreshments: bring your own. It really has to be beer. It truly has to be real ale….