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Centre for Research in Language Learning and Use (CReLLU)

Leader: Professor Leah Roberts

The Centre for Research in Language Learning and Use (CReLLU) undertakes fundamental research on language learning, applied research to understand and improve second language education, and research on the teaching and learning of English and other languages.


The aim of the CReLLU is to lead cutting edge interdisciplinary research relating to language learning, language use and language in education. Research encompasses foreign, second, bilingual and first language acquisition and the relations between them.

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Advancing self-paced reading research into English modal verb processing: Quantitative modelling and instrument reliability

Dr Nadia Mifka-Profozic and Dr David O'Reilly present the first self-paced reading experiment on the effects of syntactic violation and semantic ambiguity on processing English modal auxiliaries may and can.