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Welcome to IRAAL – the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics

IRAAL connects language lecturers, language teachers, and researchers in linguistics, applied linguistics, and sociolinguistics with an active community keeping up with the latest language developments and offering lectures and seminars across Ireland. IRAAL’s history dates back to its foundation in 1975 to support research in applied and general linguistics in Ireland. IRAAL is affiliated with the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA) and pursues its aim of supporting research by organising seminars, lectures, conferences and workshops. Its publications include the annual bilingual, open-access online academic journal TEANGA as well as special volumes on specific topics. Membership is open to everyone with an interest in languages or linguistics.


Call for editors – Teanga 2023

Please see the call for editors for Teanga, The Journal of the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics.

For further information about this role, please contact the IRAAL President, Dr Iker Erdocia (

Please forward expressions of interest by email to the IRAAL Secretary, Dr Emma Riordan ( by 31st of May 2023.

Joint coordinators for the IRAAL

IRAAL is looking to appoint joint coordinators for the IRAAL Postgraduate Students Special Interest Group (PG SIG).
If interested, please send a one page CV with a cover e-mail outlining your ideas for the SIG to by 5.00pm on 22nd April.



Congratulations to @Lorna_Carson for her well-deserved appointment as Professor. Prof Carson was President of IRAAL between 2014 and 2017 and has been working extensively in the field of Applied Linguistics in Ireland

Congratulations to IRAAL Executive Committee Member Dr Stephen Lucek, University College Dublin, who was awarded the ‘Maurice J Bric Medal of Excellence’ for his research on adolescents’ use of language in Irish secondary schools.

Congratulations to IRAAL Executive Committee Member, Dr Marie-Thérèse Batardière. Dr Marie-Thérèse Batardière (University of Limerick) has recently been made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, in recognition of her record of service to French-language education. Dr Batardière received the award from the French Ambassador to Ireland, M. Stéphane Crouzat. We send our warm congratulations to Marie-T on the well-deserved recognition of her excellent work and outstanding commitment to language education.



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