Internet Pragmatics

A huge amount of communication is nowadays carried out on the internet, as is reflected in online social networking sites, instant messaging interactions and the emergence of norms of production and interpretation in online communities as regards the discursive construction of digital selves, digital communicative action and digital codes of interaction, among other interfaces for virtual interaction. Internet Pragmatics was launched as a response to the emerging challenges of applying pragmatic perspectives to internet or technologically mediated interaction. The journal provides a unique, fully peer-reviewed forum dedicated to cutting-edge research into internet pragmatics, examining how people use the internet and social media to fulfill their communicative needs, and how those virtual interactions entail pragmatic implications on human relationships, identities and social or professional collectivities. It also seeks to explore and expound how online communication is both similar to and different from offline interaction, how the online world and the offline world are both distinct and inseparable but also intertwined in a number of ways, and how online or digital identities impact on people’s language use in offline interaction and vise versa.

Internet Pragmatics promotes interdisciplinary dialogue and interface studies between pragmatics and other fields including but not limited to sociology, media studies, digital communication, discourse analysis, cognitive science, anthropology, psychology, philosophy and even neuroscience. The journal intends to contribute to a better and deeper understanding of language use and interaction in cyberspace and of human beings in and across mediated contexts.

Internet Pragmatics publishes its articles Online First.

Internet Pragmatics can also be found on social media:

Sample issue: IP 1:1
Chaoqun Xie | Fujian Normal University, China | internetpragmatics at
Francisco Yus | University of Alicante, Spain
Review Editor
Sanna-Kaisa Tanskanen | University of Helsinki, Finland
Advisory Board
Jenny Arendholz | University of Munich, Germany
Brook Bolander | Monash University, Australia
Patricia Bou-Franch | University of Valencia, Spain
Jan Chovanec | Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Daria Dayter | University of Basel, Switzerland
Anita Fetzer | University of Augsburg, Germany
Pilar Garcés-Conejos Blitvich | University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
Gu Yueguo | Beijing Foreign Studies University, China
Claire Hardaker | Lancaster University, UK
Michael Haugh | University of Queensland, Australia
Ziran He | Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China
Theresa Heyd | FU Berlin, Germany
Christian R. Hoffmann | University of Augsburg, Germany
Andreas H. Jucker | University of Zurich, Switzerland
Dajin Lin | Fujian Normal University, China
Miriam A. Locher | University of Basel, Switzerland
Nuria Lorenzo-Dus | University of Swansea, UK
Ruth Page | University of Birmingham, UK
Caroline Tagg | The Open University, UK
Elda Weizman | Bar Ilan University, Israel
Michele Zappavigna | The University of New South Wales, Australia
Subscription Info
Current issue: 2:2, available as of December 2019

General information about our electronic journals.

Subscription rates

All prices for print + online include postage/handling.

Online-only Print + online
Volume 3 (2020): 2 issues; ca. 320 pp. EUR 154.00 EUR 173.00

Individuals may apply for a special subscription rate of EUR 60.00 (online‑only: EUR 55.00)
Private subscriptions are for personal use only, and must be pre-paid and ordered directly from the publisher.

Available back-volumes

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Complete backset
(Vols. 1‒2; 2018‒2019)
4 issues;
640 pp.
EUR 298.00 EUR 335.00
Volume 2 (2019) 2 issues; 320 pp. EUR 151.00 EUR 170.00
Volume 1 (2018) 2 issues; 320 pp. EUR 147.00 EUR 165.00

Volume 2 (2019)

Volume 1 (2018)


10 January 2020

Review of Georgalou (2017) Discourse and Identity on Facebook
Reviewed by Shanshan Xie

17 December 2019

Chronotopic (non)modernity in translocal mobile messaging among Chinese migrants in the UK
Agnieszka Lyons, Caroline Tagg and Rachel Hu

13 December 2019

Constructing authorial pseudonyms and authorial identity in online fanfiction communities
Lisa Donlan

19 November 2019

Exploring local meaning-making resources: A case study of a popular Chinese internet meme (biaoqingbao)
Yaqian Jiang and Camilla Vásquez

16 October 2019

“The murderer is him ✓”: Multimodal humor in danmu video comments
Leticia Tian Zhang and Daniel Cassany

19 August 2019

On the interaction of core and emergent common ground in Internet memes
Elke Diedrichsen

29 July 2019

Memes and the media narrative: The Nike-Kaepernick controversy
Bradley E. Wiggins

1 July 2019

Stylistic humor across modalities: The case of Classical Art Memes
Anna Piata


Articles should be in English. English spelling and style should be consistently either British or American throughout. If you are not a highly proficient user of English, you should have the paper checked by an English language professional.

Contributions, maximally 10,000 words in length (including references, an abstract of 100-150 words, 5-8 keywords and a 70-word bio), should be submitted as email attachments in Word to: internetpragmatics at



It is essential that the references are formatted to the specifications given in these guidelines, as these cannot be formatted automatically. This journal uses the ‘Author-Date’ style as described in the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.

References in the text: These should be as precise as possible, giving page references where necessary; for example (Görlach 2003: 152-154) or: as in Brown et al. (1991: 252). All references in the text should be matched by items in the references section.

References section: References should be listed first alphabetically and then chronologically. The section should include all (and only!) references that are actually mentioned in the text.

A note on capitalization in titles. For titles in English, CMS uses headline-style capitalization. In titles and subtitles, capitalize the first and last words, and all other major words (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, some conjunctions). Do not capitalize: articles; prepositions (unless used adverbially or adjectivally, or as part of a Latin expression used adverbially or adjectivally); the conjunctions and, but, for, or, nor; to as part of an infinitive; as in any grammatical function; parts of proper names that would be lower case in normal text; the second part of a species name. For more details and examples, consult the Chicago Manual of Style. For any other languages, and English translations of titles given in square brackets, CMS uses sentence-style capitalization: capitalization as in normal prose, i.e., the first word in the title, the subtitle, and any proper names or other words normally given initial capitals in the language in question.

Book (monograph):

Yus, Francisco. 2011. Cyberpragmatics: Internet-Mediated Communication in Context. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Book (edited volume):

Dynel, Marta, and Jan Chovanec (eds). 2015. Participation in Public and Social Media Interactions. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Article (in book):

Arundale, Robert B. and David Good. 2002. “Boundaries and sequences in studying conversation.” In Rethinking Sequentiality: Linguistics Meets Conversational Interaction, ed. by Anita Fetzer, and Christiane Meierkord, 121-150. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Article (in journal):

Claes, Jeroen, and Luis A. Ortiz López. 2011. “Restricciones pragmáticas y sociales en la expresión de futuridad en el español de Puerto Rico [Pragmatic and social restrictions in the expression of the future in Puerto Rican Spanish].” Spanish in Context 8: 50–72.

Haugh, Michael, Wei-Lin Melody Chang, and Dániel Z. Kádár. 2015. “’Doing deference’: Identities and relational practices in Chinese online discussion boards.” Pragmatics 25(1): 73-98.

Please use ample margins and 1.5 line spacing.

Do not use running heads and avoid full justification and ‘stiff’ hyphenation. Examples, quotations, tables, headings etc. should be presented in a clear and consistent way, so that they can be identified and formatted in the style of our journal. References should be given in accordance with our style sheet (‘Instructions to Authors’); font enhancements (such as italics, bold face, caps, small caps, etc.) may be applied directly in the text itself.

Whatever formatting or style conventions are employed, please be consistent.

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All tables, figures, and trees must fit within the page size as specified below:

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It is not necessary to provide running heads. For articles with long titles (which in general should be avoided), a shortened version (max. 55 characters), to be used as running head, may be provided on the cover sheet of your contribution.

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Articles should be conveniently divided into sections and, if necessary, subsections. If you do not use electronic styling, please mark section headings as follows:

Level 1 = bold italics, one line space before, section number flush left. Text starts immediately below.

Level 2 = italics, one line space before, section number flush left. Text starts immediately below.

Level 3ff = italics, one line space before, section number flush left. Headings end with a full stop, with the text following on the same line.

Numbering should be in Arabic numerals (no Roman numbers for footnotes either!). Do not use italics for numbering; use full stops between numbers and after the last number, thus:

Section 1. ...

Section 2.3.1. ....


In-text quotations should be given in double quotation marks.

Quotations longer than three lines should be indented left and right, without quotation marks, followed by the appropriate reference to the source on a separate line (left adjusted). Such long quotations should be set off from the main text by a line of space above and below.


Should not be indented. If numbered, please number as follows:

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(or a. .......................)

2. .....................

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Lists that run on with the main text may be numbered using parentheses:

(1).............., (2)............., etc.

Examples and glosses:

Examples should be numbered with Arabic numerals in parentheses, thus: (1) ...; (2) ...; etc..

Examples in languages other than English should be in italics; an approximate translation should be provided. Between the original and the translation lines, a line with glosses (and in cases of more ‘exotic’ languages, a line containing a morphemic breakdown) may be added. Such interlinear information is given without punctuation or highlighting. For the abbreviations in the interlinear gloss, CAPS may be used; these will be converted to small caps by our typesetters in the final formatting.

Please note that lines 1 and 2 are lined up through the use of spaces: it is essential that the number of elements in lines 1 and 2 match. If two words in the example correspond to one word in the gloss use a full stop to glue the two together (2a). Morphemes are separated by hyphens (1, 2b).

Every next level in the example gets one indent/tab.















“He has written many best-sellers.’”




houdt van







“Jan loves Marie.”















“Ed and Floor are going to live together.”


For glossing (where applicable), use the Leipzig Glossing Rules ( Use small caps, not full caps for category labels:, not green~ATT-M.PL.


Notes should be kept to a minimum and should be submitted as numbered endnotes.

***Note: indicators in the text should appear at the end of sentences or phrases, and follow the respective punctuation marks.


Appendices should follow the References.


When submitting your article, please observe the following:

Make sure that you submit the final, clean version of the manuscript, together with all accompanying files (figures etc., if submitted separately).

All pages should be numbered throughout.

As the journal follows a double blind reviewing process, authors should avoid any self-identifying elements in the manuscript. If reference to one’s own work is needed, the word “Author” can be used.

The first page of the manuscript should contain the title, a self-contained abstract (100-150 words) and 5-8 keywords. On a separate page, authors should provide the title of the article, the author’s name and affiliation, full postal and e-mail address and a short bio (max. 70 words).

Authors are responsible for observing the laws of copyright when quoting or reproducing material.

File naming conventions:

When naming your files please use the following conventions: Use the first three characters of the first author’s last name, followed by the proper three character file extension. For example, if that name is Johnson, the respective document file should be named JOH.DOC. Do not use the three character extension except for identifying the file type, as provided by the system (e.g. JOH.DOC is OK, but not JOH.ART, JOH.REV; instead use JOHART.DOC, JOHR1.DOC, etc.). Figures, tables etc. should be named using the appropriate standard extensions, e.g. JOH1.EPS, JOH2.TIF, JOH3.XLS, etc.


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Proofing procedure

The first author of a contribution will receive a PDF of first proofs of the article for correction via email and will be requested to return the corrections to the journal editor within 7 days of receipt. Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free from which will enable you to read and print the file. Please limit corrections to the essential. It is at the publisher’s discretion not to implement substantial textual changes or to charge the author. If it is absolutely necessary to change larger chunks of text (i.e. more than just a few words), it is best to submit the changes on disk (with identical hard copy).

Please contact the journal editor if you cannot handle proofs for your article in electronic format (i.e., receive the proofs as a PDF-attachment at your email address).

All editorial correspondence and books for review should be sent to the Editor:

Prof. Chaoqun Xie
internetpragmatics at


Communication Studies

Communication Studies

Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics