University’s new language centre launched with special video messages

Baroness Prashar launches CARILSE with Professor Alessandro Benati

The University’s new centre for language research was launched with a special event at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

The Centre for Applied Research and Innovation in Language Sciences and Education (CARILSE) will be based at Park Building, as part of the new School of Languages and Applied Linguistics in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. It will offer academics and students a cross-disciplinary space for pioneering research, innovation and outreach activities in language sciences and language education.

The centre was officially opened by Baroness Usha Prashar, Deputy Chair of the British Council and a member of the House of Lords. A number of academics from across the world sent video messages wishing the centre every success – including one from renowned linguist Noam Chomsky.

Commenting on the launch, Professor Matthew Weait, Dean of the Faculty, said: “I am delighted that CARILSE will be part of our research and learning community. It has the potential to become one of the world’s leading research centres in the field. So many colleagues, both academic and professional, have been involved in planning this, and there is such commitment from them, that I am sure the future will see the realisation of their ambitions.”

The centre will be led by Professor Alessandro Benati.

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