Thursday, 2 September 2021

We are delighted to annouce the CALM Seminar Series for 2021-2022. With the support of the Moore Institute, there will be 6 online seminars during the academic year on topics of relevance to our research centre. Links to the events will be provided in individual posts on this site and on social media channels.  

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Imagining inclusivity: The role of language in an increasingly diverse Ireland Thursday July 1, 2021, 10.00-13.00, online This workshop is designed to facilitate dialogue between academics, policymakers, practitioners, and NGOs in imagining a more inclusive Ireland, and the role that language plays in how we envisage this inclusivity. The event stems from the project ‘Languages, Families, and Society’ (LaFS) at NUI Galway, which uses an ethnographic approach to understand more about the everyday lived experiences families who speak Irish as a home language; Polish as a home language; and Kurdish as a home language, and how these experiences intersect with language policy and support (or lack thereof) at the wider level. The event is organised by Dr. Cassie Smith-Christmas of Roinn na Gaeilge, NUI Galway and Research Fellow with LaFS. It is hosted by the project ‘Languages, Families, and Society’ (Grant no.: 794800) at NUI Galway, in conjunction with the Moore Institute and the Centre for Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism (CALM). Further information and registration link here. 

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

'Corpus linguistics tools in language acquisition research' Thursday, April 15th 2021 at 6pm online. This talk, by Prof. Anna Bączkowska (University of Gdansk), will explore the benefits of corpus linguistics tools in language teaching research and practice. Prof. Bączkowska will talk about the CHILDES database, which is a repository of transcripts of conversations held among adults and children.The data illustrate developmental changes occurring in language acquisition in monolingual and bilingual children. Some corpus and NLP tools which allow one to extract material from the database as well as some statistical information available through different software programs will be demonstrated. Examples will be shown and analysed by resorting to the data of bilingual and multilingual children.  The discussion will be chaired by Prof. Laura McLoughlin, Co-Director of CALM. This webinar is hosted by the Moore Institute. Please register in advance at this link:   

Monday, 8 March 2021

March seminar | Seimineár an Mhárta 'Prosody and Language Acquisition' Thursday March 18th at 6pm online In this seminar, Dr Francesca Nicora of NUI Galway will join CALM Co-Director Dr John Walsh to discuss the prosodic features of speech in the context of teaching and learning foreign languages, particularly regarding the role of intonation and its relevance in speech communication. She will also present the overarching conceptual framework underpinning the teaching of foreign language prosody, including current models of intonational analysis, second language theories as well as didactic methods and approaches. This webinar is hosted by the Moore Institute. Please register in advance at this link:   

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

February seminar | Seimineár mhí Feabhra 'Mincéirí Tori: Conversations on Irish Traveller Language' Thursday 18th February at 6pm online Join Traveller activist and Gammon language advocate Oein DeBhairduin and John Walsh (Co-Director of CALM) as they explore the history, uses, evolving contexts and celebrations of Gammon-Cant, the Irish Traveller Language. This webinar is co-hosted by the Moore Institute and Galway Traveller Movement. Please register in advance at this link:

Monday, 30 November 2020

December seminar | Seimineár na Nollag 'Artificial intelligence approaches to multilinguality', 6pm, Thursday December 10th Dr John McCrae, Lecturer at Data Science Institute and Insight Centre for Data Analytics, NUI Galway In this webinar, Dr John McCrae will talk about the use of artificial intelligence for issues in multilinguality. The talk will give an overview of AI applications, including machine translation, that are useful for this and a particular focus will be on the application of AI to minority languages and historical linguistics. We will also cover work on the development of computer-assisted language learning systems. Hosted by the Moore Institute. Please register in advance at this link:

Monday, 9 November 2020

November seminar | Seimineár na Samhna  ‘Making research meaningful for multilingual parents’, 6pm, Thursday November 19th Dr Mary-Pat O’Malley Keighran, Lecturer in Speech & Language Therapy, NUI Galway In this webinar, Mary-Pat will talk about ways in which research into multilingual speech and language development and disorders can be made accessible and meaningful to parents faced with persisting myths about raising multilingual children. For more information about Mary-Pat’s work, see Hosted by the Moore Institute. ‌Please register in advance at this link:

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

CALM Seminar Series 2020-2021 Our proposed seminar series was disrupted due to COVID-19 but we are delighted to announce a revised programme of events for this academic year. With the support of the Moore Institute, there will be 5 online seminars on topics of relevance to our research centre. Links to the events will be provided in individual posts on this site and on social media channels.  

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Language in a health crisis: navigating Covid-19 in a multilingual Ireland Thursday 2 July @ 4pm This webinar addresses key sociolinguistic dimensions of the Covid-19 crisis in Ireland, looking at Irish and immigrant languages. Panellists will explore challenges posed by the crisis for speech and language therapy services and EAL (English as an additional language) provision; the role of the state in providing public health information in languages other than English; and surprising opportunities that have emerged in terms of home language maintenance and language learning. To attend, please register using this link: This webinar will also be broadcast on Flirt FM on 101.3 FM or This is an initiative of CALM in the Moore Institute.  Panellists: Stanislava Antonijevic (Speech and Language Therapy, NUI Galway) Annie Asgard (Claddagh National School, Galway City; see also here) Cassie Smith-Christmas (Gaeilge, NUI Galway) John Walsh (Gaeilge, NUI Galway) Chair: Laura McLoughlin (Italian, NUI Galway)   To attend, please register using this link:

Monday, 15 June 2020

‌‌ Bi-SLI 2020, to be held from 15-18 June 2020, is the 3rd Bi-SLI conference focussing on research related to language acquisition in bi/multilingual children with SLI/DLD, as compared to language acquisition in typically developing (TD) bi/multilingual children. Conference website here.  Confirmed keynote speakers at Bi-SLI 2020 are: Prof Sharon Armon-Lotem (Bar-Ilan University) Prof Elma Blom (University of Utrecht) Prof Theo Marinis (University of Konstanz) The Conference is organised by the Discipline of Speech & Language Therapy at the National University of Ireland Galway and is supported by the Moore Institute and CALM.

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Research seminar | Seimineár taighde "A Mincéir's view of the Gammon revival: Irish Traveller language from within": a talk by Traveller researcher and activist Oein de Bhairduin in association with Galway Traveller Movement and Fulbright Ireland-USA Commission.  This seminar will be held on  1st April 2020, 5.30pm in seminar room G011, Hardiman Research Building.  We regret that this seminar has to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 crisis. We will reschedule as soon as possible.  ‌

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Launch of CALM | Seoladh CALM CALM was launched on February 6th 2020 at 5.00pm in seminar room G011 in the Moore Institute, Hardiman Research Building by the President of NUI Galway Prof. Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh. The launch was followed by our inaugural lecture delivered by Prof. Helen Grech of the University of Malta who spoke on 'Sociolinguistics and Education Policy in the Maltese Islands: Implications for Speech and Language Therapy'.  Seoladh CALM ar 6 Feabhra 2020 ar 5.00pm i seomra seimineáir G011 in Institiúid de Móra, Áras Taighde Hardiman. Is é Uachtarán OÉ Gaillimh an tOllamh Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh a dhein an seoladh. I ndiaidh an tseolta thug an tOllamh Helen Grech ó Ollscoil Mhálta an léacht tionscnaimh 'Sociolinguistics and Education Policy in the Maltese Islands: Implications for Speech and Language Therapy'. 

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Irish Research Network in Childhood Bilingualism and Multilingualism A research seminar of this network was be held in seminar room G011 in the Moore Institute on February 6th 2020 to coincide with the launch of CALM. For further information see Reáchtáladh seimineár taighde de chuid an ghréasáin seo i seomra seimineáir G011 in Institiúid de Móra ar 6 Feabhra 2020 mar chuid de sheoladh CALM. Chun tuilleadh eolais a fháil féach