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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.

 

Overview

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

Recently published

P. STOCKWELL and S. WHITELEY, eds., 2014. The Handbook of Stylistics. Cambridge University Press.

 

Conferences

International Conference on Motivational Dynamics and Second Language Acquisition, August 2014

The Internationcal Conference on Motivational Dynamics and Second Language Acquisiton is part of a large-scale research project that examines the applicability of complex dynamic systems theory to the understanding of the nature and role of motivational dynamics in second language acquisition.

A secondary aim of the conference is to create an opportunity for the international research community specialised in L2 motivation to come together at a dedicated meeting and form closer professional and personal ties in order to facilitate future developments in the field.

More information regarding registration and the conference programme, please see the conference website.

 

ICAME35 Conference on Corpus Linguistics, Context and Culture

The ICAME 35 Conference on Corpus Linguisitcs, Context and Culture was hosted by CRAL in April 2014, with an opening talk by Ronald Carter. Keynote speakers were Beatrix Busse, Susan Hunston, Tony McEnery, Ute Römer and Wolfgang Teubert. For more information and videos please see the conference website.
 
 

Open educational resources

MOOC: ‘How to read your boss’, October 2014

Dr. Mullany’s MOOC: ‘How to read your boss’ will run from 27th October to 7th November, via the University of Nottingham’s FutureLearn platform.The MOOC is based on the Linguistic Profiling project.

You can also follow updates on the MOOC via the Twitter hashtag #FLreadyourboss.

 

MOOC: ‘How to read a mind’, March 2014

The course ‘How to read a mind ’ offered an introduction to what has come to be known as cognitive poetics. Find out more about fictional minds in the video trailer below:

 

‘How to read a mind’ was the first in a series of ‘how to read’ courses which will be presented by applied linguists, discourse analysts and literary critics at The University of Nottingham.

 

Contact

  • Michaela Mahlberg (Director)
  • Peter Stockwell (Deputy Director)
  • Viola Wiegand (Research Assistant)

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Events

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

Louise Mullany's MOOC: 'How to read your boss'
Date
01 - 31/10/2014
Description
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.

ESRC Scholarship Funding Open Day

ESRC Scholarship Funding Open Day
Date
05/11/2014
Location:
Law and Social Sciences building, Park Campus
Description
ESRC Funding information and workshop session for postgraduate scholarship applicants

Application Writing Workshop: Midlands 3 Cities Postgraduate Funding

Application Writing Workshop: Midlands 3 Cities Postgraduate Funding
Date
15/11/2014
Location:
City Campus, Newton Building, Nottingham Trent University
Description
Workshop for Home/EU students interested in applying for postgraduate funding in the Arts and Humanities

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News

AHRC Funding available for postgraduate students in English for October 2015 entry

Description
Midlands3Cities consortium funding from the AHRC: postgraduate studentships available for students beginning a postgraduate course in October 2015
Date:
29/10/2014

AHRC PhD funding: application workshop 15 Nov

Description
Applications for Midlands3Cities Doctoral Partnership AHRC funding for commencement of PhD study in 2015 are now open. Book now for the application workshop 15 Nov.
Date:
29/10/2014

New online tool to study the works of Charles Dickens

Description
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.
Date:
23/10/2014

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Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics

The University of Nottingham
Nottingham
NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5900
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 5924
email: cral@nottingham.ac.uk