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Director's Message

Welcome to the Language Research Centre in the School of Languages, Linguistics,
Literatures and Cultures!

2016-2017 was a transition year for LRC as it became an integral part of the School. Its vision and mission were revised to reflect its new mandate under the leadership of Dr. Olga Mladenova, the previous LRC director. The LRC is now the research hub of the School - the site of disciplinary, multidisciplinary, and interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge dissemination for work on languages, linguistics, literatures and cultures.

The LRC began as a centre for promoting research on second language acquisition and learning. Although this tradition will continue, with its widened scope, it will build on the School’s vast range of research strengths.

The LRC will serve as a focal point for School research activities in all our areas of expertise, thereby fulfilling its role in encouraging the exchange of knowledge and ideas across its different divisions. This, in turn, will support both formal and informal interaction across the divisions, leading to increased interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative research.

The School offers diverse possibilities for graduate students in its newly created graduate program in Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLAC) together with its already prestigious Linguistics graduate program. Regular speaker series, workshops and other activities organized by the LRC give our students opportunities to engage with well-established scholars, and give them hands-on experience with cutting-edge research tools. The LRC will work with our graduate programs to ensure that the next generation of researchers has ample opportunity to learn about the latest developments in their different fields, and that they are well prepared for the next step in their professional development.

The LRC will continue to actively engage in community outreach activities and build connections with stakeholders sharing common interests. These activities will disseminate our research in languages, linguistics, literatures and cultures to a broad audience, create collaborative research opportunities in all our areas of expertise, and provide professional expertise for the development of solutions to real-world problems faced by the community.   

Please stay informed about our activities by visiting our website. I hope to see you at some of our many upcoming events. In the meantime, please contact me to discuss ways in which we can work together to make the LRC an even more vibrant intellectual hub.





Dr. Wei Cai, Director

Language Research Centre