Participation at the Sociolinguistics Symposium 24 in Belgium

The ENGRI team participated at the “Sociolinguistics Symposium 24 - Inside and beyond binaries”, one of the most prominent sociolinguistic symposia, which took place in Ghent, Belgium this year in the period between 13th-16th July. The symposium was organised as a hybrid event, which allowed us to present our work remotely in two different formats - an oral presentation and a poster. The presentation titled “English loan words in Croatian: The gap between the linguists’ expectations and the speakers’ needs” was delivered by the paper's first author and ENGRI project's PI - Irena Bogunović. Preliminary results of our study on the affective content of English loanwords in Croatian were made available to interested parties in the form of a poster presentation titled “Affective norms of valence and arousal for 400 most frequent English words in Croatian language”. The study was conducted in collaboration with our Spanish associates from the universities in Tarragona and Madrid, and was successfully incorporated in the symposium's poster format by team member Bojana Ćoso.

ENGRI team members at Instituto Pluridisciplinar in Madrid

The Project’s PI Irena Bogunović and team member Bojana Ćoso visited our project associates in Spain this July. They spent a week at the Instituto Pluridisciplinar of the Complutense University of Madrid learning about the applications of the Event-Related Potentials (ERPs) technique in the field of affective neurolinguistics from one of the leading scientists in the field, José Antonio Hinojosa, and his associates. Dr Hinojosa is also our project associate, whose help and advice have been invaluable in the implementation of ENGRI research activities. The visit presents a fitting introduction for the next stage in the ENGRI project,which is focused on ERP research and presents the very first one to be taking place in the newly-established LACON lab. Stay tuned!

LACON and ENGRI team at the Language, Data, Science and TECH Days 2022 @ UNIRI

Members of the ENGRI team participated in a very interesting, inter- and multidisciplinary meeting on language and digital technologies "Language, Data, Science and Tech Days 2022 @ UNIRI" organised by the Center for Language Research - CLAR, University of Rijeka. The meeting was held at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka, 4 th-5 th July 2022. It gathered scientists from various disciplines and faculties of the University of Rijeka, as well as the experts from the IT business sector. Irena Bogunović and Eva Pavlinušić Vilus presented the ENGRI project and the LACON lab and incited a considerable interest, which resulted in a prospect of some interesting collaborations. The programme of the meeting can be found at the link.

Two presentations at the CALS conference 2022

ENGRI team participated in the 36th International Conference organized by the Croatian Applied Linguistics Society with two presentations. Irena Bogunović and Jasmina Jelčić Čolakovac presented their research titled "Do we need download, downloadati or preuzimati: creating a database of unadapted English loanwords and their Croatian equivalents", while the research presented by Eva Pavlinušić Vilus and Irena Bogunović was titled "Differences in Grammatical Features of the Words in Croatian and English: Evidence from a Translation Task". The Conference was held in the beautiful town of Osijek, 9th-11th June 2022, at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The conference program is available at the link, while a book of abstracts can be found at the link.

Guest appearance on Radio Rijeka

Two ENGRI members, Irena Bogunović and Eva Pavlinušić Vilus, presented the LACON lab and the ENGRI project, funded by the Croatian Science Fundation, on Radio Rijeka on Saturday, May 21, 2022.

Irena's and Eva's talk is available on the following link:

1st ENGRI pub quiz

On May 4, 2022, members of the ENGRI team organized a pub quiz “Say it in Inglizh”. The quiz, hosted by the River Pub, was designed as a linguistic contribution to this year's Festival of Science. Quizzers had the opportunity to answer language questions from five different language-related categories, including sports, culture, history, and music. Our team’s recent findings from research conducted as part of a project funded by the Croatian Science Foundation under the leadership of doc. dr. sc. Irene Bogunović were also included in the quiz. In this way, the quizzers were introduced to various psycholinguistic tools that can be used in psycholinguistic research. They were also introduced to the activities of the Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience (LACON), which operates within the Faculty of Maritime Studies. The response to the activity was great, and the participants were extremely successful in answering questions. The best teams won valuable prizes, sponsored by Cont and Štorija.

MIPRO 2021

Mario Kučić presented a paper titled Creating a Web Corpus Using GO at 44th International Convention on Information, Communication & Electronic Technology (MIPRO). The convention was held in a hybrid form due to COVID-19 outbreak, from 27th September to 1st October 2021. The presented work is part of the ENGRI project, financed by the Croatian Science Foundation, and is availabe at

2nd ENGRI meeting I 2020

The second work meeting of the ENGRI research group took place on 4th November 2020. Due to the pandemic, the meeting was held online. Irena Bogunović, Bojana Ćoso, Jasmina Jelčić Čolakovac, Mario Kučić and Mirjana Borucinsky discussed current work (final steps in the development of the database, the status of research papers, etc.) as well as future plans (planned date for the workshop, paper submission, etc.).

CALS conference 2020

Mirjana Borucinsky and Irena Bogunović presented their research titled "Finding English words in Croatian: An analysis of corpus linguistics tools" at the 34th International Conference organized by the Croatian Applied Linguistics Society. The Conference was held online, 24th-26th September 2020. The conference program is available at the link, while a book of abstracts can be found at the link.

Lisbon Machine Learning Summer School 2020

Mario Kučić attended Lisbon Machine Learning Summer School (LxMLS) as part of the ENGRI project financed by Croatian Science Foundation. Due to COVID-19 outbreak, the LxMLS was held as a fully virtual online school (July 21st – 29th). All presentations and materials are available on the LxMLS Youtube channel.

1st ENGRI meeting I 2020

The first work meeting of the ENGRI research team was held on July 14th 2020. Unfortunatelly, not all team members were able to attend due to COVID-19 outbreak. The meeting took place at Konoba Nebuloza, Rijeka. Irena Bogunović, Jasmina Jelčić Čolakovac and Mirjana Borucinsky discussed the project's progress and the activities that follow. Special attention was given to the planned conferences and workshops, and back-up plans in case the pandemic worsens. Also, it was agreed that a Zoom meeting will be scheduled, so that all team members can attend.

1st ENGRI workshop

1st ENGRI workshop "Sketch Engine: Corpus compilation and foreign word extraction" was held online, on 18th February 2021. Workshop was organized by ENGRI team members and supported in part by Croatian Science Foundation under the project UIP-2019-04-1576. After Mirjana Borucinsky introduced the participants with the possibilities of Sketch Engine, invited speaker Nikola Ljubešić (Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia) gave an interesting talk on the methods in corpus compliation and natural language processing. In the second part of the workshop, Mario Kučić, Jasmina Jelčić Čolakovac and Mirjana Borucinsky introduced the ENGRI corpus and explained the process of extraction of English words. The third part was focused on practical work - the participants were divided into groups based on their own research interests to work with Sketch Engine in combination of hrWaC and ENGRI corpora. A total of 38 researchers participated in the workshop.

3rd ENGRI meeting

Third work meeting of the ENGRI team was held on 8th October 2021 in an online format. A new memeber of the team, postdoctoral researcher Eva Pavlinušić Vilus, was welcomed by Irena Bogunović, Bojana Ćoso, Jasmina Jelčić Čolakovac, Mirjana Borucinsky and Mario Kučić. The team discussed Croatian translations of English words, which words should be included in the normative study and future plans for papers and conferences. Also, the project work plan was analyzed with special emphasis on possible obstacles and solutions.