Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics

About CRAL

CRAL is a dynamic research centre dedicated to the study of language in a wide range of authentic contexts. Recent research projects have investigated language in medical settings, English language teaching and business environments.

CRAL staff have supervised in excess of 100 PhDs, generated over 350 international research publications, and have presented keynote and plenary speeches in more than 20 countries across the globe.

CRAL research interests include:

  • Corpus-based language enquiry
  • Multi-modality and corpus linguistics
  • Health communication
  • Professional communication
  • Discourse analysis
  • Vocabulary studies
  • Bilingualism
  • Psychological aspects of language acquisition and use
  • Interfaces of language and literature
  • Second language pedagogy


CRAL is pleased to be hosting the the following conferences:


Director: Michaela Mahlberg

Deputy Director: Peter Stockwell

Research Assistant: Viola Wiegand


Louise Mullany's MOOC: 'How to read your boss'

Louise Mullany's MOOC: 'How to read your boss'
27/10/2014 - 07/11/2014
Dr. Mullany's MOOC: 'How to read your boss' will be launched in October 2014, via the University of Nottingham's FutureLearn platform, where you can already sign up for the course.

Latest News

New online tool to study the works of Charles Dickens

The CLiC interface uses corpus linguistic methods to allow the user to search for words in different types of contexts, for example, in fictional speech, or in narrative stretches likely to contain body language; the tool provides frequency information, different display options for words in context, and enables comparisons of frequency data across texts.


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Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics Enquiries: cral@nottingham.ac.uk