Events and activities Centre for Research and Enterprise in Language (CREL)

Forthcoming events and activities

CREL Seminar Series 2019-20

11 December 2019 - Miscommunications and the Language of New Media

Speakers: Dr Maria Korolkova & Prof Steve Kennedy, School of Design

Venue: King William 302, 6pm 

At this CREL talk, Dr Maria Korolkova and Prof Steve Kennedy from the School of Design will share their research on miscommunications as an emerging field in media theory. They will be discussing their chapters from the forthcoming book Miscommunications: Errors, Mistakes and the Media (edited by Maria Korolkova and Timothy Barker, under contract with Bloomsbury Academics).

The Force of Falsity
Maria Korolkova

What happens when communication breaks down? How can we understand our place in a world that seems dominated by misleading information? Is it the condition for miscommunication, mistakes and errors that is characteristic of digital culture in general? And if mistakes and errors have a certain power, what stands behind it? To address these questions, my talk will be focusing on some philosophical, linguistic and media theoretical inquiries that address contemporary culture as a terrain of miscommunication.

The Guardians of the Possible
Steve Kennedy

In his book Rome: The First Book of Foundations, Michel Serres describes the fervent activity of termites as they construct their improbable towers. Whilst this activity demonstrates a degree of order, Serres also postulates an element of deviance and anomie. The intention of this talk is to argue for an approach that designs complexity back into the system. It will challenge the received wisdom, prevalent in western thought, that reason serves to bring a coherent and universal order to chaos when in effect it imposes certain very specific patterns on a world no longer conducive to such an ordering.

Attendance is free, registration is not required.

March 2020 - UK Linguistics Olympiad; CREL & the Greenwich Maths Centre

Details to follow.

Previous events and activities

20 November 2019 - CREL Seminar, Spelling as statistical learning: evidence from learning experiments with 7-year-old children 

Speaker: Dr Anna Samara, Faculty of Education and Health 

Venue: King William 002, at 18:00, followed by informal wine reception

Abstract: Learning to spell is a vital yet understudied part of literacy development. It is also a challenging task: In inconsistent orthographies such as English and French, only few words can be spelled accurately by mapping phonemes (sounds) to their highest frequency graphemes (letters); most vowel sounds have, in fact, multiple spellings. In English, for example, /ε/ is most commonly spelled with the letter e (as in bed), but it can also be spelled with the letters ai (said), ea (head), ie (friend), and eo (leopard). How do children learn such inconsistent sound-letter correspondences? In this talk, I will present data from typically developing children that suggest that learners use the same domain-general statistical learning device believed to operate in spoken language (Saffran et al. 1996) to extract some untaught probabilistic spelling 'rules'
. Five learning experiments with artificial lexicons probe precisely what patterns young spellers can learn, and under what circumstances, to shed light on underlying learning mechanisms. Implications for theories of literacy development and broad educational implications are discussed.

24 October 2019 - Discussion Series: Persistent issues in Language Analysis, the individual/stage-level contrast

Venue: Hamilton House, 15 Park Vista, Greenwich, London, SE10 9LZ

9:30-10:20Professor Gennaro Chierchia, Harvard University
How generic are I-Level predicates? Remarks on Magri's 2009 proposal
10:20-11:00Professor Giorgio Magri, French National Centre for Scientific Research
11:00-11:30Coffee break
11:30-12:20Dr María J. Arche, University of Greenwich and
Professor Timothy Stowell, University of California Los Angeles
Dispositional adjectives: characterizing and episodic predication
12:20-13:00Dr Víctor Acedo-Matellán, University of Oxford
13:00-14:00Lunch break
14:00-14:50Dr Matthew Husband, University of Oxford
Decomposing States
14:50-15:30Dr Vera Hohaus, University of Manchester
15:30-16:00Coffee Break
16:00-16:50Professor Molly Diesing, Cornell University
Stage and Individual Level Predicates at the Syntax and Semantics Interface
16:50-17.30Professor Louise Mc Nally, University Pompeu Fabra
17:30-18:00Open Discussion
Where in the grammar does the IL/SL distinction reside?
19:00Dinner at the Old Brewery

22 October 2019 - CPD Workshop 'Exploratory Practice: Teachers and learners working together to understand their classroom lives 

Venue: University of Greenwich, Queen Anne Building room QA239 from 17:00 - 20:00


  • Inés Kayon de Miller (PUC-Rio, Brazil)
  • Adriana N. Nóbrega (PUC-Rio, Brazil)
  • Isabel Cristina R. Moraes Bezerra (UERJ, Brazil)
  • Assia Slimani-Rolls (Regent's University London)
  • Anna Costantino (University of Greenwich)
This workshop will offer combined 'practical' and 'theoretical' opportunities for understanding the underlying rationale of Exploratory Practice (EP), developed in collaboration with Dick Allwright (Lancaster, UK) and the Rio de Janeiro Exploratory Practice Group. Starting from reflection on their own and their learners' classroom puzzles, participants will be guided to understand how teachers and learners can work jointly for enhanced understandings of what happens in their classroom lives. There will also be opportunities for participants to create and discuss possible adaptations of their regular activities into Potentially Exploitable Pedagogic Activities. Such notions as 'Planning for understanding', 'Quality of classroom life', and 'Sustain ability of EP', among others that characterize the theoretical foundations of the EP framework, will be discussed on the basis of our long-term experience with EP and our involvement with the recent international research project with Brazilian teachers sponsored by the British Council.

3 & 4 October 2019 - Tenselessness 2; Universidade Nova de Lisboa, organised by Centro de Linguística da Universidade de Lisboa (CLUL) & CREL

Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Martina Wilschko (University of British Columbia & Pompeu Fabra)
  • Professor Judith Tonhauser (The Ohio State University)
  • Professor Antonio Fábregas (University of Tromso)
  • Professor Moiá (University of Lisbon)
  • Dr Anne Mucha, Leibniz-Institute for the German Language, Mannheim

2 October 2019 - Professor Li Yang Research Paper Talk

Date: Wednesday 2nd October 2019 at 6:00pm in 11_2016
Refreshments available

Paper Title: Grit Lit in the American South as a Class Counter-Discourse

Since the 1980s, with the rise of Grit Lit, a counter-discourse to the Southern Renaissance, the trend in southern literature has changed dramatically from aristocratic tradition to poor-folk perspective. Poor-white writers Harry Crews, Larry Brown, Dorothy Allison and Lee Smith (to name only a few) tell the stories of their families and class as insiders with unparalleled authenticity. They claim and defend their humble pedigree, articulate their survival- first creed, write about their miserable rural past, redefine poor-white social and cultural identity and dismantle their stereotypic single-dimensioned image. Their works have met with considerable critical and public claim and even become a marketable "brand" (Scott Romine) in the south and even the United States. Obviously as an important genre in southern literature it has brought about the most significant changes in it in the 20th century.

Li Yang is professor of English at Tongji University in Shanghai, China. His academic interests have been class, gender and place in American fictions for two decades starting from his visit to University of Florida as a Fulbright research scholar from 1998 to 1999 and he has been publishing articles and books on these motifs since then. This year Tongji University provided Professor Li Yang with funding of 60,000 Chinese yuan (approximately £6,700) for research abroad, with the possibility of funded staff exchange. Having read Dr. Justine Baillie's publications on English and American fictions, Professor Li Yang applied to visit University of Greenwich as part of an exchange of research on the issues of gender and class in literary studies.

11 September 2019 - Bayesian data analysis, School of Maths & Computing & CREL

Led by Dr Ana Paula Palacios


  • Dr Luciana Dalla Valle, Lecturer in Statistics, Plymouth University
  • Dr Audra Virbickaite,  ECR, UIB
  • Dr Michael Wiper, Professor at UC3M

15 July 2019 - Linguistics workshop; International Academy of Greenwich

Dr Maria J. Arche
Year 7 students

1 July 2019 - Raising Aspirations Day

Thomas Tallis Secondary School and Modern Foreign Languages and History Department

Year 10 students
Ms Clare Carter-Elliott 
Dr Maria J. Arche, Dr Cecile Laval and Dr Michael Talbot

27 June 2019 - Syntax of Tense 2

This is our second discussion day on the Syntax of Tense at Greenwich and this time we count with the very authors of the papers that have influenced the work of so many throughout the years: Professors Tim Stowell (UCLA) and Hamida Demirdache (CNRS-University of Nantes). Register for the event here

1 May 2019 - CREL Launch

Centre for Research and Enterprise in Language (CREL) is part of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Greenwich.