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Dr. Chris Mulhall

Title:

Lecturer in French and Italian

School/ Department:

School of Humanities - Arts

Telephone:

+353 0 051- 834101

Room Name/ Num:

TL 1.31 Tourism & Leisure Education Building

Campus:

Main Campus

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My Biography

Chris has been a lecturer at Waterford Institute of Technology since 2001 lecturing mainly in French and Italian. His qualifications include: Bachelor of Arts in Applied Languages (French and Italian), a Masters Degree in Business Studies and a PhD in Italian Lexicography. Chris carried out his doctoral studies under the supervision of Professor Paolo Acquaviva in the Department of Italian at the National University of Ireland (Dublin) from 2004-2009. His thesis focused on the lexicographical treatment of idiomatic expressions in Bilingual Italian-English Dictionaries from the sixteenth century to the twentieth century.

In addition to lecturing duties, Chris has held the role of Language Leader in the Department of Arts since 2019. His duties in this function include developing promotional materials for languages as well as internal and external promotion of languages as a pathway of study at third level. In his 21 years as a lecturer, Chris has also held the role of course leader, year tutor and supervised many undergraduate dissertations.

Chris continues to be research active and has interests in the area of lexicography, phraseology and lexicology. His primary research specialisation is in the treatment of phraseology in bilingual dictionaries and he has published a number of peer-reviewed publications in this field and spoke at various international conferences and symposia on this topic. Chris has successfully received funding from prominent research funding bodies such as the Royal Irish Academy, the Irish Research Council and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. In 2016, he was a recipient of the Warren N. Cordell Lexicography Fellowship from Indiana State University. From 2013-2017, he was an Irish Management Committee Representative on the Pan-European COST Action IS1305 on E-Lexicography. In this time, he organised the WG4 Training School on Lexicography and Lexicology held at Waterford Institute of Technology in June 2017.

Chris is an active contributor on language topics in the media and has contributed to the Irish Times, RTE Brainstorm and is a regular contributor for a number of national and regional radio stations.

Research

Research Interests

  • Bilingual Lexicography (English-French, English-Italian, English-Irish)
  • The Semantic and Lexical Interface of Phraseology (Collocations and Idiomatic Expressions)
  • Ideological Narratives in Bilingual Dictionaries
  • Delexical Verbs (Phraseological Networks & Lexicographic Treatment)

Funded Research Projects (2014-date)

Project Title: Examining Identities through Regional Expression (EIRE): A Lexicographical Analysis of Irish Regional Identities from 1904-1927

Funded by: Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme

Project Date: 20 February 2015 - 20 November 2015

Project Title: Developing a CEFR-based learner’s electronic written corpus for students of Irish

Funded by: Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Grants

Project Date: 1 March 2014 - 1 October 2014


Research Network Projects

From January 2014 to September 2017, Chris was a Management Committee member of EU COST Action European Network of E-Lexicography (ENEL) IS1305. In this network of over 200 participants, Chris was affiliated to Working Group (WG) 4 which focused on aspects of lexicographical and lexicological reference. During the term of the project, Chris gave presentations to other WG4 members on Aspects of Lexical Variation (Bolzano/Bozen, July 2015; Vienna, February 2015, Barcelona, March 2016) and was a co-founder of the Landlex Research Group. He contributed to Landlex presentations in Lisbon, November 2016 and Budapest, 2017 and was the organiser of the WG4 Training School on Lexicology and Lexicography held at Waterford Institute of Technology from 7-9 June 2017. In September 2017 (Leiden, The Netherlands), Chris delivered the final presentation on the output of Landlex and the sub-group of Language Variation during the closing meeting of the COST Action IS1305.

Teaching

Chris currently teaches French and Italian in the School of Humanities and School of Business. His teaching duties in the current academic year (2021-22) are primarily in the delivery of French Common European Reference Framework (CEFR) modules on Level 8 courses. Within these modules, he is currently teaching topics on French Grammar, French language and Business French. Alongside classroom engagement, Chris is also supervising undergraduate dissertations and synoptic studies in the Department of Languages, Tourism and Hospitality. Throughout his near 21 years as a lecturer in the institute, Chris has also taught Italian CEFR Modules, English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and Research Methods in the School of Humanities in addition to pre-sessional English language teaching to international students from Saudi Arabia, China and Brazil.


Language Teaching Duties Semester 21 [Academic Year 2021-22]

French B2.2 (French Written Language) 

French C1 (French Written Language/French Oral Language) 

Dissertation Supervision - Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management and Bachelor of Arts in Tourism Marketing Final Year Disseratation.

Professional

Honours and Awards

2016: Warren N. Cordell Lexicography Research Fellowship (Indiana State University)

2015: Irish Research Council New Foundations Grant Recipient

2014: Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Grant Receipt


External Examiner Roles

2014 - 2017: External Examiner in Italian at Cork Institute of Technology


Conference and Scientific Committee Paper Reviewer

2017:  eLex 2017 Lexicography from Scratch. Leiden, The Netherlands, 19-21 September 2017.

2018: Euralex XVIII International Conference. Ljubljana, Slovenia, 17-21 July.

2021: eLex 2021 Post-Editing Lexicograpy. Virtual Conference, 5-7 July.


Committee and Association Membership

Association Membership

European Association of Lexicography (EURALEX) Membership (Bienneniel 2014-2016)

2013-2017: EU COST ACTION IS1305  European Network of e-Lexicography [ENeL]  

Committee Membership

2014-2018 Member of Royal Irish Academy Languages, Literature, Culture and Communications Committee

2014 -2017: Management Committee Member (Irish Representative) on EU COST ACTION IS1305


Conference Contributions

  • Mulhall, C. (2018) How Corpus Data have (not) changed Bilingual Dictionaries: The Case of Delexical Verbs. First Conference on Frisian Language and Literature. Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden (The Netherlands), 23-24 April 2018.
  • Mulhall, C. & Williams, G. (2017) The case of daisy: bringing together research through a common theme with examples in English and Irish​. COST Action ENeL Sixth Meeting. Budapest (Hungary), 24-25 February 2017.
  • Mulhall, C. (2016) Red and Hill: Collocational Evidence from Early Twentieth Century Bilingual Irish English Dictionaries. LANDLEX Meeting. Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal), 3-4 November 2016.
  • Mulhall, C. (2015) Examining Identities through Regional Expression (EIRE): The case of Munster Dialects in Dinneen’s Bilingual Irish-English Dictionaries (1904) and (1927). Henry Sweet Society for Linguistic Ideas Conference. Gargnano del Garda (Italy), 16-19 September 2015.
  • Mulhall, C. (2015) Dinneen: ideologies, the self and regional identity. Irishness Conference. University of Edinburgh (Scotland), 15 May 2015.
  • Mulhall, C. (2015) To beg, to borrow or to steal: The necessity of borrowings in Irish. Lexicography of Minority Languages Conference. Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden (The Netherlands), 17 April 2015.
  • Mulhall, C. (2014) Prendere il toro per le corna o lasciare una bocca amara - The treatment of tripartite Italian idioms in Monolingual Italian and Bilingual Italian-English Dictionaries. EURALEX XVI International Conference, Bolzano/Bozen (Italy), 15-19 July 2014.
  • Mulhall, C. & O'Diolluin, S. (2014) Dearcadh na nDeise - Representations of Gaeltacht na nDeise in Dinneen's 1927 Bilingual Irish-English Dictionary. EURALEX XVI International Conference, Bolzano/Bozen (Italy), 15-19 July 2014.
  • Mulhall, C. (2012) Idioms as a Microstructural Component: A History of Bilingual Italian-English Idioms (presented by Prof. Carla Marello). EURALEX XV International Conference, University of Oslo (Norway), 7-11 August 2012.
  • Mulhall, C. (2010) A Semantic and Lexical Based Approach to the Lemmatisation of Idioms in Bilingual Italian-English Dictionaries. EURALEX XIV International Conference, Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden (The Netherlands), 6-10 July 2010.
  • Mulhall, C. (2009) From Altieri (1749) to Zanichelli (2009): Charting the Changes in the Lemmatisation of Idioms through a history of Bilingual Italian-English Dictionaries. Dictionary Society of North America Conference, University of Indiana, Bloomington (USA), 27-30 May 2009.
  • Mulhall, C. (2008) The Lemmatisation of Lexically Variable Idioms: The Case of Bilingual Italian-English Dictionaries. EURALEX XIII International Conference, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (Spain), 15-19 July 2008.
  • Mulhall, C. (2007) Semantics and the Lemmatisation of Idiomatic Expressions: An analysis of Bilingual Italian-English Dictionaries. LangUE Conference, University of Essex, London (England), 18 July 2007.
  • Mulhall, C. (2006) Lexical Variation in Idioms in Bilingual Italian-English Dictionaries. Australex Conference, University of Brisbane (Australia), 6 July 2006.

Media Contributions

Radio Interviews

Chris has contributed to a number of radio discussions on areas of language and lexicography with contributions to KFM, Midland Radio, WLRFM, Newstalk and 2FM.

Written Contributions

Welcome to the future of words: the printed dictionary. Irish Times, 23 February 2016. Page 14.

What's in a word? How dictionaries reflect the world around us. www.rte.ie

https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2019/0925/1078250-is-learning-another-language-really-like-eating-a-meal-sideways/

https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/1207/1182852-word-of-the-year-2020-pandemic-lockdown/

Other

Kildare lecturer hosting International Lexicography Event. Leinster Leader, 4 June 2017.

#LoveIrishResearch: Researcher Spotlight Chris Mulhall

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Contributions

Kosem, I. et al. (2019) The Image of the Monolingual Dictionary Across Europe. Results of the European Survey of Dictionary use and Culture. International Journal of Lexicography, Volume 33, Issue 2. Pp 92-114.

Available from: https://doi.org/10.1093/ijl/ecy022

Mulhall. C. (2018) Irish Lexicography in Borrowed Time: The Recording of Anglo-Irish Borrowings in Early Twentieth-Century Irish Dictionaries (1904-1927). International Journal of Lexicography, Volume 32, Issue 1. Pp 214-228.

Available from: https://doi.org/10.1093/ijl/ecy006

Peer-Reviewed Other Publications (Special Editions/Volumes)

Mulhall, C. (2017) Collocational Patterning and Italian High Frequency Verbs: Corpus Evidence of L1 English Speakers in E. Corino and C. Onesti (eds.) (2017) Italiano di apprendenti Studi a partire da VALICO e VINCA. Guerra Edizione: Perugia. Pp 89-101.

Mulhall, C. (2011) From Altieri (1749) to Zanichelli (2009): Charting the Changes in Lemmatization of Idioms through a History of Bilingual Italian-English Dictionaries in Cunning Passages, Contrived Corridors: Unexpected essays in the history of Lexicography by Michael Adams (ed.) Monza: Polimetrica. Pp 227-250.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

Alonso, A., DeCesaris, J., Galleron, I., Mulhall, C. and Williams, G. (2016) Paysage: Lexical Variation in the Lexis of the Landscape in Romance Dictionaries. Proceedings of the XVII Euralex International Conference. Pp 847-853.

Mulhall, C. (2014) Prendere il toro per le corna o lasciare una bocca amara? – The Treatment of Tripartite Italian Idioms in Monolingual Italian and Bilingual Italian-English Dictionaries. Proceedings of the XVI Euralex International Conference. Pp 905-914.

Mulhall, C. and O’Diollúin, S. (2014) Dearcadh na nDéise – Representations of Gaeltacht na nDéise in Dinneen’s Bilingual Irish-English Dictionary (1927). Proceedings of the XVI Euralex International Conference. Pp 787-792.

Mulhall, C. (2012) Idioms as a Microstructural Component: A History of Bilingual Italian-English Dictionaries (2012). Proceedings of the XV Euralex International Conference. Pp 737-742.

Mulhall, C. (2010) A Semantic and Lexical-Based Approach to the Lemmatisation of Idioms in Bilingual Italian-English Dictionaries in A. Dykstra and T. Schoonheim (eds.) (2010). Proceedings of the XIV Euralex International Conference. Pp 1355- 1371.

Mulhall, C. (2008) The Lemmatisation of Lexically Variable Idioms: The Case of Bilingual Italian-English Dictionaries. Proceedings of the Euralex XIII International Conference. Pp 1373-1378.

Conference Proceedings

Mulhall, C. (2007) Semantics and the Lemmatisation of Idiomatic Expressions: An Analysis of Bilingual Italian-English Dictionaries. LangUE Conference Online Proceedings. Pp 1-15.