Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics
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Research Groups

In addition to the wide variety of projects and collaborations run within CRAL, the centre has a number of dedicated research groups which focus on specific areas of applied linguistics. These groups are listed below:


We are an interdisciplinary group that shares an interest in language processing and acquisition in a first and second language

See the Nottingham Psycholinguistics and Language Learning Lab website for more information.


The Corpus Linguistics Network is a research group which brings together people who have an interest in corpus linguistics, including students, PhD researchers and more established academics, in the School of English and other Schools and departments across the University of Nottingham.

See the Corpus Linguistics Network website for more information.


The Health Language Research Group (HLRG) brings together leading researchers from various disciplines, with the aim of advancing the quality of language and communication performance in the National Health Service.


The Stylistics and Discourse Analysis Reading Group (SDA) facilitates interdisciplinary discussion and networking among postgraduate students in various areas of stylistics and discourse analysis.

See the Stylistics and Discourse Analysis Reading Group website for more information.


The Vocabulary Research Group (VRG) meets weekly under the supervision of Prof. Norbert Schmitt, Dr. Ana Pellicer-Sanchez and Dr. Mike Rodgers to discuss current readings and issues, and to present the students’ own research.

See the Vocabulary Research Group website for more information. 


Linguistic Profiling for Professionals

Linguistic Profiling for Professionals is a unique consultancy and training package designed by Dr. Louise Mullany to help businesses strengthen employees’ communicative skills and enhance their presence and impact. The package currently focuses on:

  • the analysis of workplace meetings
  • eyetracking analysis of web language use
  • monitoring social media.

The Literary Linguistics Research Studio

The Literary Linguistics Research Studio (LLRS) gathers together research activity in stylistics, cognitive poetics, corpus stylistics, narratology, creativity, consciousness and literary fiction, and related areas within the broad domain of literary linguistics. This builds on the longstanding world-class reputation of the Nottingham School for work at the interface of language and literature, dating back in its modern manifestation to the 1960s, but with its roots in the stated founding ethos of the School in the 1880s.

For further details please contact Professor Peter Stockwell.

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Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics

The University of Nottingham

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