Welcome to the website of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA)!

The American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA) comprises the countries of North, Central, South America, and the Caribbean countries. AMPRA supports interaction and scholarly debate regarding the linguistic, cognitive, historical, social, inter-cultural, and inter-language paradigms of pragmatics.

AMPRA-associated Journals:

The journals associated with AMPRA are Intercultural Pragmatics (Mouton de Gruyter), Journal of Pragmatics (Elsevier), and Pragmatics & Society (John Benjamins).

Book series released:

Routledge Research on New Waves in Pragmatics showcases the latest research from early-career scholars in pragmatics, giving voice to pragmatics researchers in the early stages of their career while shining a light on the newest research and lines of inquiry within the field. Produced in conjunction with Routledge as an initiative of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA), the series features monographs and edited collections which reflect new developments and the diversity of the field, including but not restricted to such topics as linguistic pragmatics, cognitive pragmatics, philosophical pragmatics, intercultural pragmatics, sociocultural pragmatics, corpus pragmatics, interlanguage pragmatics, interactional pragmatics, and internet pragmatics. The series will highlight theoretical and methodological frameworks and new ways of thinking in and about pragmatics from early-career scholars worldwide.

Early-career scholars—scholars who have completed their Ph.D. thesis no more than five years from submission of their proposal—interested in submitting a proposal or manuscript for double-blind review may contact series co-editor Dr. Monika Kirner-Ludwig ([email protected])While affiliated with AMPRA, the series is not restricted to AMPRA members or conference participants.

More information to get access to the book can be found here: https://www.routledge.com/Fresh-Perspectives-on-Major-Issues-in-Pragmatics/Kirner-Ludwig/p/book/9780367856366


 AMPRA International Symposium:

The International Symposium of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA) was held online on November 12-13, 2021, hosted by the Universidad de Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina. This symposium's primary goal was to promote theoretically and applied research in pragmatics in Central and South America and to bring together scholars interested in different subfields of pragmatics. 

The Symposium Program can be downloaded via this link: AMPRA Symposium Program





AMPRA aims to be a forum for researchers who are looking for new tools and methods in the investigation of human language and communication, in order to thereby better understand the role of pragmatic competence in language acquisition and development as well as in the process of communication.

AMPRA achieves its goals by:

  • Stimulating activities in the scientific and academic communities;
  • Facilitating the coordination of scientific events (conferences, exhibitions, workshops, summer institutes, etc.);
  • Encouraging the dissemination of knowledge and information (through summer institutes, regular newsletters and journals, websites, etc);
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AMPRA Partners:



AMPRA President:

Distinguished Professor Dr. Istvan Kecskes (State University of New York, Albany)


AMPRA Executive Secretary:

Professor Dr. Anne Bezuidenhout (University of South Carolina at Columbia)


If you have a specific question or inquiry regarding AMPRA, please contact Prof. Anne Bezuidenhout at [email protected]

AMPRA Institutional Sponsors:

School of Language and Global Studies

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