The English Linguistics Circle (ELC) network has received funding under grant no. FFI2014-51873-REDT from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, within the programme of Thematic Networks of Excellence (‘Redes Temáticas de Excelencia’). This new competitive R&D programme seeks to enhance the international profiles and visibility of research teams by building multilateral, strategic partnerships. The proposal for funding was submitted to the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness by Ignacio Palacios, who has acted as Principal Investigator on behalf of the five research teams making up the ELC network (VLCG, SPERTUS, PCC, LVTC, MMTAFL) and a sixth, additional team led by Cristina Suárez at the University of the Balearic Islands. Further information available at: http://elc.org.es/?p=1190.