Routledge Research on New Waves in Pragmatics, to be edited by István Kecskés (State University of New York, Albany, USA) and Monika Kirner-Ludwig (University of Innsbruck, Austria).


We are pleased to announce the launch of a new book series with Routledge, titled Routledge Research on New Waves in Pragmatics, to be edited by István Kecskés (State University of New York, Albany, USA) and Monika Kirner-Ludwig (University of Innsbruck, Austria).

This book series is the initiative of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA) and aims at producing volumes that present the latest trends and lines of research in the field of pragmatics by early-career scholars who have completed their thesis no more than five years prior to the submission of their proposal. The proposal can be based on their thesis or any other research topic that fits into the scope of the series. Our endeavor is to give a publication opportunity to excellent emerging scholars from all over the world. The book series will publish both monographs and edited volumes that reflect new developments in the field. The editorial board members and reviewers coming from all over the world will ensure an appropriate and consistent quality control of contributions. We would like to emphasize that the series is affiliated with AMPRA but is not in any way restricted to AMPRA members, and conference participants. This is an international book series that aims to support early-career scholars and the development of the field.
There are three important principles that our book series will rely on: First, the editors and the editorial board will make every effort to select works that reflect the diversity of the field that includes but is not restricted to linguistic pragmatics, cognitive pragmatics, philosophical pragmatics, intercultural pragmatics, sociocultural pragmatics, corpus pragmatics, interlanguage pragmatics, interactional pragmatics and internet pragmatics. Second, pragmatics is amongst the fastest growing fields of linguistics with researchers in all parts of the world. The series should reflect this type of diversity as well. The editors and the board will make an effort to involve scholars from all over the world, if their work meets the quality requirements of the series. Third, special attention will be given to new ways of thinking in the field – even if they have not been fully worked out yet. Proposals of this kind to the book series will be supported by the editorial board members so to emphasize and restructure the presented contents and lines of argument in an appropriate manner.
We are honored to have been able to win the following internationally renowned scholars to support our series by serving on its Editorial Board:

Patricia Amaral, Indiana University Bloomington, USA
Anne Bezuidenhout, University of South Carolina, USA
Betty Birner, Northern Illinois University, USA
Xiren Chen, Nanjing University, China
Anita Fetzer, Augsburg, Germany
Rachel Giora, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Luisa Granato, Universidad de la Plata, Argentina
Laurence Horn, Yale University, USA
Kasia Jaszczolt, University of Cambridge, UK
Jacques Moeschler, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Ira Noveck, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
Akin Odenbunmi, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Yongping Ran, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China
Peter Siemund, Hamburg University, Germany
Maite Taboada, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Camilla Vasquez, University of South Florida, USA

At this point we invite early-career scholars – i.e. scholars who have completed their PhD thesis no more than five years ago – to submit proposals or full manuscripts of their monographs (i.e. based on their thesis defended within the previous 5-years or other scholarly work) for double-blind review to Dr. Monika Kirner-Ludwig:

Requirements for proposals:
– a one-page summary of the project, highlighting innovative aspects;
– a brief description of included chapters (5-10 sentences/each);
– a short bio of author
– confirmation of PhD defense (with date)

Soon more information will be available on the AMPRA website and Routledge website.

Istvan Kecskes and Monika Kirner-Ludwig

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Books: Learning Pragmatics from Native and Nonnative Language Teachers: Cohen

Title: Learning Pragmatics from Native and Nonnative Language Teachers 
Series Title: Second Language Acquisition 
Published: 2018 
Publisher: Multilingual Matters 

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Author: Andrew D. Cohen 
Hardback: ISBN: 9781783099924 Pages: 312 Price: U.S. $ 149.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9781783099924 Pages: 312 Price: U.K. £ 109.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9781783099917 Pages: 312 Price: U.S. $ 49.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9781783099917 Pages: 312 Price: U.K. £ 34.95

This book deals with intercultural pragmatics and how both nonnative teachers (NNTs) and native teachers (NTs) may enhance their classroom instruction regarding target language (TL) pragmatics. It focuses primarily on the experiences of instructors as they teach their learners about the pragmatics of the TL, both in second and foreign language learning settings. It makes clear that there are aspects of teaching pragmatics where it may help to be an NT and other areas where it may help to be an NNT and proposes creative ideas that both sets of teachers may draw on to compensate for gaps in their knowledge. Further themes in the book include ideas for motivating students who want to learn about pragmatics, the role of technology in teaching and learning pragmatics, the role of learning strategies, the assessment of pragmatics and ways to research pragmatics. The book will be of interest to teachers, teacher educators and students interested in researching and improving the teaching of pragmatics.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics 
Written In: English (eng)

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Books: Further Advances in Pragmatics and Philosophy: Capone, Carapezza, Lo Piparo (eds.)

Title: Further Advances in Pragmatics and Philosophy 
Subtitle: Part 1 From Theory to Practice 
Series Title: Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology 
Published: 2018 
Publisher: Springer 

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Editor: Alessandro Capone 
Editor: Marco Carapezza 
Editor: Franco Lo Piparo 
Hardback: ISBN: 9783319721729 Pages: 314 Price: Europe EURO 89.99

This book builds on the idea that pragmatics and philosophy are strictly interconnected and that advances in one area will generate consequential advantages in the other area. The first part of the book, entitled ‘Theoretical Approaches to Philosophy of Language’, contains contributions by philosophers of language on connectives, intensional contexts, demonstratives, subsententials, and implicit indirect reports. The second part, ‘Pragmatics in Discourse’, presents contributions that are more empirically based or of a more applicative nature and that deal with the pragmatics of discourse, argumentation, pragmatics and law, and context. 

The book presents perspectives which, generally, make most of the Gricean idea of the centrality of a speaker’s intention in attribution of meaning to utterances, whether one is interested in the level of sentence-like units or larger chunks of discourse.

Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics 

Written In: English (eng)

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AMPRA-4 Hotel Room Shares

Dear AMPRA-4 participants,

We recently created a Skype account with the aim to connect those participants who are looking for roommates to share a hotel room. If interested, please log on to your Skype account and type the email address ( to add us.

AMPRA-4 Organizing Committee


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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



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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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