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

An Online Discussion & Resource Network
–Multilingual; Cross-Disciplinary (Business, Linguistics, Psychology, Sociology, etc.)
–Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, other Southeast Asian Subgroups & Clusters (Chinese, Indian, Malay, Peranakan, etc.)
–Undergraduates, Postgraduates and Scholars

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Announcement: A New Journal on East Asian Pragmatics

I have earlier written that there would not be any new post until 1st August 2014. However, after considering the possibility that some scholars may be writing new articles for journals at this time of the year, I have decided to announce this new journal which will be launched in September 2014. Any scholar working on students’ acquisition of Japanese in SE Asian, interactions between speakers of any SE Asian languages and NE Asian languages, and comparative perspectives on the pragmatics of the languages in the regions may want to consider this new platform for sharing their work. For details, please read the following link:


** I congratulate the main editors, members of the editorial board and assistants in their new roles:

Xinren Chen
Nanjing University, China

Dániel Z. Kádár
University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Advisory Editors
Haruko Cook
University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Jef Verschueren
University of Antwerp, Belgium
Reviews Editor
Yasuko Obana
Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

Send books for review to:
Yasuko Obana
School of Science & Technology
Kwansei Gakuin University Gakuen 2-1
Sanda City
Hyogo Prefecture
669-1337 Japan

Editorial Assistants
1. Elizabeth Marsden, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom
2. Janet Yonghong Qian, Nanjing Audit University, China
Editorial Board
1. Rong Chen, California State University, San Bernardino, United States
2. Winnie Cheng, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
3. Yueguo Gu, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
4. Ziran He, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China
5. Michael Haugh, Griffith University, Australia
6. Takuo Hayashi, Momoyama Gakuin University, Japan
7. Gang He, East China Normal University, China
8. Agnes Weiyun He, Stony Brook University, United States
9. Patrick Heinrich, Ca’Foscari University, Venice, Italy
10. Sachiko Ide, Japan Women’s University, Japan
11. Istvan Kecskes, State University of New York, United States
12. Alan Hyun-Oak Kim, University of Illinois at Carbondale, United States
13. Jong-Hyun Kim, Cheongju National University of Education, Republic of Korea
14. Sungborn Lee, Sogang University, Republic of Korea
15. Cher Leng Lee, National University of Singapore, Singapore
16. LuMing Mao, Miami University, United States
17. Jim O’Driscoll, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom
18. Jun Ohashi, University of Melbourne, Australia
19. Shigeko Okamoto, University of California Santa Cruz, United States
20. Yuling Pan, US Census Bureau, United States
21. Barbara Pizziconi, SOAS, United Kingdom
22. Yongping Ran, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China
23. Victoria Rau, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan
24. Helen Spencer-Oatey, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
25. Zhang Wei, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
26. Olga Zayts, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong