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 email@example.com. Salvo will send you details of how to sign up. eFLaRN currently has 87 members. Once you’ve joined, please take part in the discussions and help us make the eFLaRN a vibrant virtual place to hang out.
Current and recent Cardiff PhDs on formulaic language
- Iain McGee: Formulaic Language and Second Language Learning/Teaching. Awarded 2006.
- Kazuhiko Namba: Bilingual children’s code-switching: a structural approach and formulaic language. Awarded May 2008.
- Yanling Su: Formulaic language acquisition and individual differences. Awarded December 2008.
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.
The 5th international FLaRN conference took place from 28th to 30th March 2012, at Tilburg University, Netherlands, organised by Ad Backus (firstname.lastname@example.org).
23-26 March 2010
Fourth international postgraduate conference on formulaic language
This conference took place at the University of Paderborn, Germany. For further details, see:
19-20 June 2008
Third international postgraduate conference on formulaic language
This conference took place at Nottingham University. For further details, see:
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.
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]