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Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics (CRAL)

The Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics, China (CRALC) has been established as a branch of CRAL in Nottingham, UK. CRALC is an interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to the description and understanding of language as it is acquired and used in the real world.  Areas of current interest include corpus-based language enquiry, spoken language and gesture, agency, online discourse, interfaces of language and literature, second language pedagogy, language and cognition, academic, professional and intercultural communication, discourse and stylistics, issues of language standardisation and world literature.


Research events

The School of English Applied Linguistics Forum

The School of English Applied Linguistics Forum aims to bring together researchers on campus on a regular basis during semester time to explore the central role of language and linguistic analysis in discourse, society, cognition, and culture. The current series of research talks captures the broad range of topics and analytical perspectives relating to Applied Linguistics on campus, and it provides a forum to stimulate discussion and advance our expertise. All staff and MA/PhD students welcome.

CRALC Public Lecture Series

The CRALC Public Lecture Series provides an interface between applied linguistics and the broader academic community on campus at UNNC. Speakers in this series are often world-renowned experts in applied linguistics, and their research demonstrates the relevance of applied linguistics for addressing aspects of communication in important social, literary, professional, intercultural, and academic domains of life.

The Postgraduate Applied Linguistics Symposium

On 26th and 27th June, 2009, UNNC hosted its First Postgraduate Applied Linguistics Conference. This PGR conference is now a yearly event organised by and for postgraduate students in the School of English or affiliated with the Centre for research in Applied Linguistics China (CRALC). The aim of this event is to provide a platform for postgraduate students to present their applied linguistics research work for review and feedback from peers and experts in a friendly, supportive and intellectually stimulating environment. With the participation of leading Chinese and British academics, participants also had the opportunity to hear experts discuss their past and current projects. The next symposium will take place on Friday June 24th 2016.

PhD Talks

The PhD Talks forum takes place throughout the semester to provide an environment for local and visiting PhD students to present the latest instalments of their dissertation research.


Contact Details

For further information, please contact Dr. Simon Harrison, School of English Director of Research at