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

Recently published

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



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 Internationcal Conference on Motivational Dynamics and Second Language Acquisiton 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 ICAME 35 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.



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Summer School in Corpus Linguistics: Tools and Applications

Summer School in Corpus Linguistics: Tools and Applications
07 - 09/07/2015
Trent Building
This Summer School will cover the latest developments in corpus tools and corpus applications through an intensive programme of interactive sessions to be run by leading figures in the field. It will provide participants with in-depth knowledge of cutting-edge methods and techniques for undertaking advanced research. This event is open to undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students who want to improve their skills to apply corpus methods and use corpus tools in their own research. The programme aims at providing detailed introductions to the latest developments in software and techniques in the field, with practical hands-on sessions on how to employ these in your own research. Given the specialised nature of the programme, a basic understanding of corpus linguistics is recommended.

Symposium 'Corpus Linguistics beyond Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Applications'

Symposium 'Corpus Linguistics beyond Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Applications'
Trent Building
This one-day symposium accords with this burgeoning enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research and aims to showcase innovative applications of corpus linguistics beyond its traditional boundaries. Papers are invited for this symposium. We are particularly looking for contributions that (i) embrace interdisciplinarity and (ii) illustrate such interactions through specific analysis.

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CLiC team wins best poster at ICAME36

CLiC team wins best poster at ICAME36
At this year's ICAME36 conference in Trier (27-31 May 2015), Johan de Joode, Michaela Mahlberg & Peter Stockwell won the Stig Johansson prize for best poster.

IJCL - now on Twitter

IJCL - now on Twitter
The International Journal of Corpus Linguistics is now on Twitter (@IJCL_journal).

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Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics

The University of Nottingham

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email: cral@nottingham.ac.uk