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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

Learn new ways to transcribe and analyse video recordings for your research in this short course from CRAL

Learn new ways to transcribe and analyse video recordings for your research in this short course from CRAL
Date
15 - 16/01/2015
Location:
Digital Humanities Centre
Description
This course is for researchers who analyse video or audio recordings of spoken interaction. It will provide a practical, step-by-step guide to using software tools that help with your research. The 2-day course takes place 15th-16th January 9.30-16.30 both days, providing a taught introduction with hands on practice and assistance.

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News

Midlands3Cities Nottingham Masters Studentships

Description
We have14 Research Preparation Masters studentships for study commencing September 2015. These awards are available to outstanding students from the UK and EU who wish to pursue a Masters degree (MA or MRes) at the University of Nottingham in any area of the Arts and Humanities and areas eligible for AHRC funding in Law and Social Sciences.
Date:
18/11/2014

Linguistic performance features in clinical skills exams - report published by King's College London with the University of Nottingham

Linguistic performance features in clinical skills exams - report published by King's College London with the University of Nottingham
Description
A research report published today by King's College London with the University of Nottingham has identified linguistic features that contribute to our understanding of the reasons why International Medical Graduates (IMGs) have a lower success rate than their UK counterparts in the UK's General Practice licensing examination. The research focused on linguistic and cultural factors that could affect performance and was designed to have a positive impact on the ongoing concern about differential pass rates.
Date:
17/11/2014

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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