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The aim of this research blog is to encourage sharing among researchers on the topic of linguistic politeness and pragmatics.

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14th International Pragmatics Conference in Antwerp, Belgium, 26-31 July 2015

14th International Pragmatics Conference in Antwerp, Belgium, 26-31 July 2015

All info and call for papers at the IPrA website http://ipra.ua.ac.be (direct link: http://ipra.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=.CONFERENCE14&n=1468&ct=1468)

Note the deadlines:
- 1 June 2014 deadline for panel proposals
– 15 October 2014, deadline for panel contributions, lectures, and posters

Please read the instructions in the ´Call for papers´ carefully well in advance of the deadlines.
The special theme of this edition is Language and adaptability. The notion of adaptability is meant to capture a perspective on pragmatics that highlights language as a variable and dynamic resource for human communicative behavior. It covers a focus on the dynamic interplay between structural choices and context in the everyday practice of interactional language use, conversational or otherwise, private or public, informal or institutional. It also addresses the societal functioning of everyday language use in the wider context of linguistic diversity and change. (For more information, see ‘Theme’ on the website.)

As always, the conference is open to ALL OTHER PRAGMATICS-RELATED TOPICS as well (where pragmatics is conceived broadly as a cognitive, social, and cultural perspective on language and communication).


Venue: Buildings K and R of the City Campus (Stadscampus) of the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

2nd Conference of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA)

2nd Conference of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA)
October 17-19, 2014
Abstract submission deadline: April 15, 2014

| Call for Papers |

The 2014 Conference of the American Pragmatics Association will take place on October 17-19, 2014 at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (USA). The goal of the conference is to promote both theoretical and applied research in pragmatics, and bring together scholars who are interested in different subfields of pragmatics (philosophical, linguistic, cognitive, social, intercultural, interlanguage (L2 pragmatics), dialogue, pragmatic variation, politeness and impoliteness, discursive pragmatics, etc.).

Three main topics of the conference are as follows:

Pragmatics theories: neo-Gricean approaches, relevance theory, theory of mind, meaning, role of context, grammaticalization, semantics-pragmatics interface, prosody-pragmatics interface, syntax-pragmatics interface, explicature, implicature, speech act theory, presuppositions, deixis, im/politeness, experimental pragmatics, pragma-dialogue, etc.

Intercultural, cross-cultural and societal aspects of pragmatics: research involving more than one language and culture or varieties of one language, lingua franca, pragmatics and society, technologically mediated communication, bilinguals’ and heritage speakers’ language use, intercultural misunderstandings, effect of dual language and multilingual systems on the development and use of pragmatic skills, language of aggression and conflict, etc.

Applications: usage and corpus-based approaches, interlanguage pragmatics, teachability and learnability of pragmatic skills, pragmatic variations within one language and across languages, developmental pragmatics, dialogue and pragmatics, etc.

We welcome individual and panel proposals.

Conference website: http://www.albany.edu/ampra/conference.html

“Im/politeness, social practice and the participation order” from the special issue on “Interpersonal pragmatics”

Michael Haugh’s paper on “Im/politeness, social practice and the participation order” from the special issue on “Interpersonal pragmatics” (Journal of Pragmatics) has just been made freely available through the following link:


It will be available for anyone to download until the 26th of March.