Southeast Asia Pragmatics Research Group (SEAPRG)

1. Introduction

The name of the Group as shown above is an affiliate of the Linguistic Politeness Research Group (LPRG) based in the United   Kingdom. It has been changed from its original name, the LPRG (Linguistic Politeness Research Group), to cover numerous areas including cultural and linguistic subgroups under Pragmatics, besides politeness. It also has many national subgroups such as Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Singapore, and others. Under Indonesia, for example, it includes cultural and linguistic categories such as the Rotenese languages and Bahasa Indonesian. Under Singapore, it has Singlish, Singapore Mandarin, Malay, Tamil, Indian languages, and Peranakan groups.

2. Objectives

(i) Multilingual discussions online and offline:

The Group aims to be an international platform for discussion as well as information and resource exchange online and offline.  It hopes to attract a diverse group of scholars and students in Southeast Asia researching in various subjects related to pragmatics (including politeness). It further hopes to be one of the rare interdisciplinary and multilingual discussion networks which is multilingual in English, Mandarin, Malay/Indonesian, Japanese, Tamil and Vietnamese, for a start.

(ii) Co-Construction of Resources for Research and Teaching:

It is hoped that participants in the Southeast Asian region will share materials and information with one another on their research areas which may be difficult to access.  At the same time, it is hoped that the exchange among instructors, scholars and students will become a useful resource.  Such exchanges, if realized, will create a “win-win” situation from which the libraries will also benefit.

(iii) The platform is online for scholars and students. The infrastructure was built with the kind support of the librarians of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.

(iv) It is hoped that the platform will become a repository of good materials which may be used by staff and students of any university as their course materials.

3. Participants and Membership

The Group will consist of scholars, postgraduate and undergraduate students (affiliated and unaffiliated) in Southeast Asia. Those based outside of Southeast Asia but are researching in Southeast Asia-related pragmatics will be invited to join. Scholar and/or student representatives at the Australian National University, Freiburg University (Germany), University of Huddersfield (U.K.), University of Provence, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), as well as the National University of Vietnam (Hanoi; Ho Chi Minh City) will be appointed. More members from other universities will be appointed as representatives in the near future.


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