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Dr David Caldwell, University of South Australia: <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Dr Antje Wilton, University of Siegen: <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>


The scope of this ReN – Applied Linguistics in Sport – broadly covers research involving the application of linguistics to the field of sport.  The ReN aims to bring together a bourgeoning body of sports and language research into the one research network.   As its starting point, the ReN draws on recent collaborative publications (e.g. The Language of Football, Lavric et al. 2008; The Discourses of Sport, Caldwell et al. 2016), workshops (e.g. International Workshop on Sports Communication, Siegen 2017) and colloquiums (British Association for Applied Linguistics Conference, University of Warwick, UK, 2014, European Systemic Functional Linguistic Conference, Salzburg 2016; Salamanca 2017) between international scholars with a common interest in sport and linguistics.  The ReN is also open to a range of linguistic methods, theories and traditions (e.g. sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, conversation analysis, systemic functional linguistics, interactional linguistics), a range of sporting contexts (e.g. different types of sports, sports media, coaching, on-field language, sports analytics), and cross-disciplinary research more generally (e.g. sports communication, sports psychology, sports science and e-sports).  In short, the scope of the ReN is limited only to applied linguistics in the field of sport.

The ReN includes established and emerging researchers from ten countries.  It also aims to engage with a growing number of students working on sport-related topics and courses in their university qualifications.  The network provides a platform for information, support and scholarship for both scholars and students with an interest in the application of linguistics to sport.



  • Conference colloquium: Sociolinguistic Symposium 22: Sociolinguistics of Sport,
  • Edited volume: Multimodal) Corpus Approaches to the Language of Sports (edited by Callies & Levin), for Bloomsbury Academic.
  • The construction of an AILA sports and linguistics website; drawing on and integrating with current websites, e.g. Innsbruck Football Research Group (including The Football and Language Bibliography Online), the Kicktionary, de, etc.


  • European workshop in sports and linguistics: TBC (possibly The University of Warwick UK,); focusing on/led by early career researchers.
  • Preparation for the 19th AILA Congress.
  • Scope: a new journal related to applied linguistics and sport.
  • Two scheduled meetings via video conferencing to discuss research projects, findings, developments (dates TBC).


  • International workshop in sports and linguistics: TBC (possibly in Adelaide, Australia)
  • Conference colloquium: 19th AILA Congress, Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Two scheduled meetings via video conferencing to discuss research projects, findings and developments (dates TBC).


Caldwell, D, Walsh, J, Vine, EW & Jureidini, J (eds), 2016, The Discourse of sport: analyses from social linguistics. Routledge, New York.

Lavric, E, Pisek, G, Skinner, A, & Stadler, W (eds), 2008, The Linguistics of football: language in performance series 38. Tübingen: Nar Francke Attempto Verlag.

Meân, L, 2016, ‘Foreword’, in Caldwell, D, Walsh, J, Vine, EW & Jureidini, J (eds), The Discourse of sport: analyses from social linguistics. Routledge, New York, pp. ix-xv.


Convenors: Cornelia Gerhardt (Saarland University, Germany), Polly Szatrowski (University of Minnesota, USA), Sally Wiggins (University of Linköping, Sweden), Jon Coltz (University of Minnesota, USA)

We are pleased to announce the launch of the ReN on The Linguistics of Food.

  1. Scope of network

This research network will provide a space for researchers from interdisciplinary backgrounds to develop collaborative research within the linguistics of food. Building on an increasing global interest in food and eating studies, the network will enable a focus on the cultural and social interactional issues around food, incorporating all forms of applied linguistic research. The aims of the network are to make more visible the diversity of linguistics research on food and to provide an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural meeting point for researchers in food and language studies. 

  1. Upcoming activities

The network will be launched by the convenors at an online video conference in the first half of 2018. This conference will be used to spark discussions, complimentary research interests and to initiate collaborative work. A ReN website will be created to enable people to join the network and to find out about network activities.

  1. Upcoming conferences (by/with members or for potential meetings of sub-groups)
  • “Talking about Food: Local & Global Contexts”, 26-28 April 2018, Chair of English Linguistics, University of Bayreuth, Germany (organised by Sofia Rüdiger & Susanne Mühleisen)
  • Conference on the Language of Japanese Food, 4-5 May 2018, York University, Toronto, Canada (Keynote Polly Szatrowski)
  • 8th International Conference on Food Studies, 25–26 October 2018, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada with a focus on Digital Food Cultures



Marlies Whitehouse, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rudi Palmieri, University of Liverpool, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alexander Laskin, Quinnipiac University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The AILA Research Network (ReN) of Financial Communication brings together applied linguists who investigate the interplay between text production, markets, and changes in the domain of finance in general and financial communication and literacy in particular. In order to obtain deeper insights into this multi-dimensional research field, we are interested in establishing both spontanteous and stable institutionalized connections between scholars who address the highly complex and dynamic interplay of language use in organizations, domains such as economics and politics, as well as society-at-large. 

Recent activities (selection):

• IPrA 2017, Belfast: Panel “Financial literacy – a key to the real world”

• DAFC 2017, Lugano: Conference “Discourse approaches to financial communication. Building trust in the markets with story and argument”

• AILA 2017 World Congress, Rio de Janeiro: Panel “The language of numbers. Understanding Financial Communication from an Applied Linguistics Perspective”

• ABC 2017, Dublin: Panel “Strategic Financial Communication: Designing Effective Arguments and Compelling Narratives in a Multiple Audience Context”

So far, the list of ReN members comprises over 50 scholars from 13 different countries. They engage in research on – and in – a wide range of languages in finance, such as (in alphabetical order) Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Indian, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish. By enabling close interdisciplinary dialogue between disciplines and fields, the ReN aims at developing a shared AL-informed research agenda on the language(s) of – and language use in – financial communication.


This research network ( exists to stimulate and promote research into the history of language learning and teaching within applied linguistics internationally. Such research will help us understanding historical developments and furnish necessary historical perspectives for professional reflection on how language education is or should be carried out today, including – for example – in the areas of language education policies, curricular and textbook reform initiatives and enhancement of  teacher training and teaching methodology in different contexts.