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The aim of this research blog is to encourage sharing among researchers on the topic of linguistic politeness and pragmatics. This platform has been made accessible to public since 31 July 2013.

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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IPrA 2017 (16-21 July 2017, Belfast)

Make yourself at home.

AMPRA: Indiana University, Bloomington (Nov. 4-6, 2016, Indiana, USA).

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Proposals for the 3rd International Conference of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA) are currently being accepted. The conference will take place at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA on November 4, 5, & 6, 2016. There will be a pre-conference workshop on Pragmatics & Language Learning during the afternoon of Thursday, November 3, 2016. In addition, the conference will feature three outstanding plenary speakers. For additional information about the conference and the call for papers, please visit the AMPRA website:


In addition to individual presentations, we are encouraging proposals for PANEL sessions. Panel organizers, please follow the instructions for submitting your proposal: http://indiana.edu/~ampra/colloquia/ 

Abstracts and PANEL proposals must be submitted through EasyAbstracts:

Before you submit your proposal, make sure to indicate whether your submission is for an individual presentation or panel.


Deadline: April 15, 2016 (no abstracts will be processed after this date)

Notification of Acceptance: May 15, 2016

Call for Papers (also available on the AMPRA conference website):


Please visit the AMPRA website to get familiar with the guidelines for abstract submission, deadlines, plenary speakers, logistics for planning your trip, hotel, etc.  You can also find information for the Graduate Student Travel Award (see main page of website, ‘Announcements’.


 If you have any questions about AMPRA 2016, please contact us at ampra@indiana.edu

We look forward to seeing you at Indiana University on November 4-6, 2016.


Information sent by:

Dr. Cesar Felix-Brasdefer (for the 2016 AMPRA Conference Organizing Committee)

Bengalis on Orkut: Greetings and Interpersonal Closeness

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Information on the new publication of Assistant Professor, Dr. Anupam, has come in.

The publication, “Greetings and interpersonal closeness: A case of Bengalis on Orkut”, may be of interest to some of the members/ readers of this group. The article is freely available for all until March 11, 2016. The paper can be accessed by clicking on the following URL:

The 3rd English Scholars Beyond Borders (ESBB) Conference; Taichung (May 19-22, 2016 )


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The 3rd ESBB conference will explore the diverse kinds of borders and boundaries that English teachers and scholars must negotiate to achieve success and to benefits learners. We invite language teaching professionals to present your conceptual work.

Enquiries: yhchen6@pu.edu.tw
Web address:  http://mlab.cs.pu.edu.tw/2016ESBB/

Tsakona, V. (2016). Teaching Polite Strategies in the Kindergarten

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Abstract: The present study explores the use of the genre of service encounters to
teach (about) politeness strategies in the kindergarten. My teaching proposal involves
a critical approach to politeness strategies which is expected to enhance students’
awareness of the social/interactional aspects of service encounters, and in particular to
familiarize them with positive and negative politeness and with how the speech acts
they may use in such contexts contribute to creating solidarity or distance with their
interlocutors. Since young children participate in such interactions outside school,
their own experiences could form the basis for language teaching. Concurrently,
kindergartens are often equipped to host role play activities simulating service
encounters, and teachers are usually trained to assist children in such activities. Given
the above, the present teaching proposal will be based on the multiliteracies model
which aims at cultivating students’ critical literacy skills and exploits children’s
communicative and textual experiences. The presentation of the teaching proposal
here includes not only specific activities and goals that could be set by teachers and
children, but also the analysis of authentic data, so as to assist teachers in the
preparation of their courses. (Full article: tsakona_pr-2015-0022_proofs.pdf )