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Formulaic Language Research Network (FLaRN)

Director: Professor Alison Wray

The Formulaic Language Research Network (FLaRN) is a loose association of professional and student academic researchers. It is a tool for keeping a group of like-minded people from around the world in touch with each other, and has been the focal point for three postgraduate conferences. The network exists to co-ordinate research work in the field of formulaic language, to share ideas and resources, and to create a sense of community between researchers who are not necessarily in geographical proximity. FLaRN operates via an interactive website (eFLaRN), and membership is controlled (to minimise spam and interlopers). So to join, you have to be invited—however, anyone may ask to be invited! The only qualification is an academic interest in research on formulaic language. To join eFLaRN, contact the site manager, Dr Salvatore Giammarresi at salvo.giammarresi@gmail.com. Salvo will send you details of how to sign up. By October 2013 eFLaRN had 207 members. Once you’ve joined, please take part in the discussions and help us make the eFLaRN a vibrant virtual place to hang out.

A screenshot of the FLARN website

Current and past Cardiff PhDs on formulaic language

Alison Wray currently has a small number of vacancies for new PhD students interested in working on aspects of formulaic language. Particularly relevant topics would be: the role of verbatim memorisation in second language learning; the use of formulaic language to improve communication for people with communication disorders; how native and/or non-native readers handle formulaic expressions they have not seen before; the relationship between formulaic language and one or more theories of grammar or processing; the practicalities of using formulaic language to teach modern foreign languages in Europe and North America. If you are interested in working on one of these topics or a comparable one, please email Alison Wray describing your interests, including a brief account of your study and research training to date. Please do not send more than two pages in total at this stage. You may then be invited to put in a full application, which will go through the standard channels. For further details about studying in the Centre for Language and Communication Research, please click here.

If you work on formulaic language at another institution and would like to visit Cardiff to consult with Alison Wray, please click here to see our page for visiting scholars.

Oct 2013 to Jan 2014: An Advanced Research Residency in Formulaic Language and Lexis


Next FLaRN conference: Swansea, Wales, July 14th – 16th 2014

For details visit: http://flarn.viviennerogers.info

Past Events

28-30 March 2012

Fifth international conference on formulaic language

This conference took place at the University of Paderborn, Germany. For further details, see: http://www.lotschool.nl/index.php?p=8&date=2012-02-16#6437

23-26 March 2010

Fourth international conference on formulaic language

This conference took place at the University of Paderborn, Germany. For further details, see:

University of Paderborn website.

19-20 June 2008

Third international postgraduate conference on formulaic language

This conference took place at Nottingham University. For further details, see:

University of Nottingham website.

July 2005

Second international postgraduate conference on formulaic language

FLaRN’s 2005 postgraduate conference took place at St Mary’s College, Twickenham in July 2005, with delegates from many countries.

July 2004

First international postgraduate conference on formulaic language

FLaRN’s 2004 postgraduate conference took place in Cardiff in July 2004, with 29 delegates from several countries, most notably Sweden, and some 17 presentations and workshops.

Programme [57 KB]

Delegate List [16 KB]

Contact:

Formulaic Language Research Network (FLaRN) c/o Prof. Alison Wray

Phone: +44 (0)29 208 76152
Fax: +44 (0)29 208 74242
Address:

Centre for Language and Communication
Cardiff University
Humanities Building
Colum Drive
Cardiff
CF10 3EU