Graduate Student Travel Grant Awards Recipients

We are happy to announce that the following individuals (in alphabetical order) have each been selected as recipients of one of our seven Graduate Student Travel Grant awards:

1. Christodulelis, Eleni (Ohio State University, USA)
2. Donahoo, Stanley (University of Arizona, USA)
3. Lei, Rong (Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China)
4. Muhammad, Ananda (Iowa State University, USA)
5. Sutanovac, Vladan (University of Vienna and DFG CRC Düsseldorf, Austria/Germany)
6. Truan, Naomi (Sorbonne Université Paris, France)
7. Weissman, Benjamin (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)

We congratulate the winners and are looking forward to welcoming them to Albany, November 1-3, 2018. The awards will be personally presented to the recipients by the President of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA), Distinguished Professor Dr. Istvan Kecskes at the conference (date and time of the awards presentation forthcoming).

For more information on this award, please visit the conference website at


–AMPRA-4 Organizing Committee

–AMPRA-4 Executive Committee



Early bird registration open!!

Dear AMPRA-4 authors, 

our Early Bird registration (non-students $210, students with valid ID $100) is and will be open until 31 May 2018
We would like to encourage you to visit our registration site, which provides all relevant details for you, here:

Please be reminded that you need to be an active AMPRA member so to register for the conference in November: the membership fee is $50 for non-students, and $30 for students, to be paid through the AMPRA website:

You also have the option already of registering for the Conference dinner for $45, on Friday, November 2, 2018, but may do so also at a later point, if you wish. The same holds for any non-presenting guests you would like to bring. You may either register them for $100 (no active AMPRA membership required for guests) now, or may do that up to 2 weeks prior to the conference. Note, though, that no on-site registration or payment will be possible for logistical reasons.

Please do not hesitate to approach us with any questions you may have in the meantime. 
We are looking forward to welcoming you in Albany in November!

MPRA4 Organizing Committee

Book: Organizational Discourse: Communication and Constitution

Organizational Discourse: Communication and Constitution

François Cooren

How can we study organizations from a discursive perspective? What are the characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of each perspective on organizational discourse? To what extent do discourse and communication constitute the organizational world? This accessible book addresses these questions by showing how classical organizational themes, objects and questions can be illuminated from various discursive perspectives.

Six approaches are presented and explained: semiotics, rhetoric, speech act theory, conversation analysis/ethnomethodology, narrative analysis, and critical discourse analysis. These six perspectives are then mobilized throughout the book to study coordination and organizing, organizational culture and identity, as well as negotiation, decision making and conflicts in the context of meetings.

The unifying thread of this volume is the communicative constitutive approach (CCO) to organizations, as implicitly or explicitly advocated by the great majority of organizational discourse analysts and theorists today. Throughout Organizational Discourse , this theme will help readers distinguish between discursive perspectives and other approaches to organizational life, and to understand how discourse matters in organizations.

Table of Contents

1 What is (organizational) discourse? How is this book organized?
2 Analyzing organizational discourse: Six perspectives
3 Coordination and organizing
4 Organizational culture, identity and ideology
5 Meetings: Negotiation, decision making and conflicts
6 By way of a conclusion

This book is available at Polity

AMPRA Donation to the Center for Applied Linguistics in Santiago de Cuba

* Due to a generous donation from Professor Istvan Kecskes, AMPRA was able to make a USD $500 donation to the Centre for Applied Linguistics in Santiago de Cuba in support of their 15th International Symposium on Social Communication, “Eloína Miyares Bermúdez in Memoriam”, held on January 23-27, 2017 in Santiago, Cuba.

Book: The Language of Service Encounters: A Pragmatic-Discursive Approach.

Félix-Brasdefer, J. César. (2015). The Language of Service Encounters: A Pragmatic-Discursive Approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Service encounters are ubiquitous in social interaction. We buy food and everyday items in supermarkets, convenience stores, or markets; we purchase merchandise in department stores; or we request information at a visitor information center. This book offers a comprehensive account of service encounters in commercial and non- commercial settings. Grounded in naturally occurring face-to-face interactions and drawing on a pragmatic-discursive approach, J. César Félix-Brasdefer sets out a framework for the analysis of transactional and relational talk in various contexts in the United States and Mexico. This book investigates crosscultural and intra-lingual Continue reading

Book: Intercultural Pragmatics

Kecskes, Istvan. (2014). Intercultural Pragmatics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Intercultural Pragmatics studies how language systems are used in social encounters between speakers who have different first languages and cultures, yet communicate in a common language. The field first emerged in the early 21st century, joining two seemingly antagonistic approaches to pragmatics research: the cognitive-philosophical approach, which considers intention as an a priori mental state of the speaker, and the sociocultural-interactional approach, which considers it as a post factum construct created by both speaker and hearer though conversation. Istvan Kecskes, an early proponent of intercultural pragmatics, was among the first to propose merging the two to form the socio-cognitive approach now core to the field.Continue reading