The purpose of the Formulaic Language Research Network (FLaRN) is to co-ordinate research work in the field of formulaic language, to share ideas and resources, and to create a sense of community between researchers who are not necessarily in geographical proximity. The network is a tool for keeping a group of like-minded people from around the world in touch with each other, and has been the focal point for three postgraduate conferences in Cardiff 2004, Twickenham 2006 and Nottingham 2008, and two full conferences for researchers at all stages of the academic life cycle in Paderborn, Germany, in 2010 and in Tilburg, Netherlands, in 2012.
The 2014 FLaRN conference in Swansea, UK, will again be a full conference, with papers on topics associated with formulaic language such as idioms, chunks, phrases, recurrent strings from any theoretical framework and any area of linguistics (e.g. corpus research, L1 acquisition, L2 acquisition/learning/teaching, language disorders, etc).
The general FLaRN website can be foundÂ here.