International Conference for Learner Corpus Research (LCR 2017)

Theme: Widening the scope of learner corpus research

The international conferences for Learner Corpus Research (LCR) are platforms for researchers from the field of LCR and related disciplines to discuss current topics and present their projects and latest results. The conferences take place regularly every two years.

The LCR 2017 conference will be held in the South Tyrolean capital city of Bozen/Bolzano at the European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC). It will be organised by EURAC’s Institute for Specialised Communication and Multilingualism (

Date: 5-7 October 2017

Chairs of the organising committee: Andrea Abel & Aivars Glaznieks


EURAC research
Viale Druso 1 / Drususallee 1
39100 Bolzano / Bozen (Italy)

Formulaic Language Research Network (FLaRN ) 2016 conference

The seventh FLaRN Conference will be hosted on 28-30 June 2016 by the Department of English Philology and the Faculty of Philology of Vilnius University. The Conference has developed out of the Formulaic Language Research Network (FLaRN ) whose purpose is to co-ordinate research in the field of formulaic language.

Abstract submissions are invited on any aspect of formulaicity in language and literature. This includes research on any type of formulaic expressions (collocations, clichés, idioms, lexical bundles, multi-word chunks, proverbs, recurrent sequences, etc.) in any theoretical framework and area of linguistics, e.g. comparative and contrastive research, corpus linguistics, language acquisition and teaching, translation etc., and literature. All abstracts should be submitted by email to by  1 February 2016.

For more details on submissions and the venue please visit the Conference website:

Pragmatic strategies in non-native Englishes

We are glad to announce a Call for Papers for the Seminar Pragmatic strategies in non-native Englishes (see description below) to be held at the ESSE-13 Conference in Galway (August 22-26 2016).

Interested authors must submit paper proposals (title and 250 word abstract) by February 28, 2016 to the two convenors


Lieven Buysse, KU Leuven (University of Leuven).
ús Romero-Trillo, UAM (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid).

Paper acceptance will be notified by March 31, 2016.


Seminar description

Research on non-native speech has long been dominated by an emphasis on lexical and grammatical patterns. At the same time the various types of non-native varieties of English have often been treated from these perspectives too. To broaden the scope, this seminar wishes to explore the variety of discourse pragmatic strategies employed in non-native Englishes, encompassing second language (ESL), learner (EFL) and lingua franca varieties of English (ELF). Papers can focus on any pragmatic feature that helps to shape discourse and/or facilitates interaction (e.g. pragmatic markers, politeness phenomena, prosody). The research must be based on corpus data.


Best papers and posters presented at LCR2015

The Learner Corpus Association awarded prizes for the best papers and posters presented at the LCR2015 conference that took place in Nijmegen on 11-13 September.

Here is the list of the winners:

Winner of the Best Paper Award:

Verena Möller: “CLIL, learner variables and statistical analysis – What is left when you’ve done it all?”

Runner-up of the Best Paper Award:

Tove Larsson: “Lexico-grammatical constraints of stance markers in apprentice learner writing and published expert writing”

Winner of the Best Poster Award:

Jessica Rohr: “Use of a learner corpus in examining non-native disfluency patterns”

Runner-up of the Best Poster Award:

Karin Puga: “Prosodic practice through mobile devices: An on-going project based on learner corpus data”

Congratulations to the winners!