Pragmatics and Society

Pragmatics and Society puts the spotlight on societal aspects of language use, while incorporating many other facets of society-oriented pragmatic studies. It brings together a variety of approaches to the study of language in context, inspired by different research perspectives and drawing on various disciplines, for instance, sociology, psychology, developmental and cognitive science, anthropology, media research, and computer-related social studies. It is concerned with how language use and social normativity influence and shape each other, for instance, in education (the teaching and acquisition of first and second languages), in political discourse (with its manipulative language use), in the discourse of business and the workplace, and in all kinds of discriminatory uses of language (gender- and class-based or other). Finally, it pays special attention to the impact that our increased dependency on the computer is having on communication and interaction (especially as seen in the social media), as well as to the role of pragmatics in guiding social and racial emancipatory developments. The journal does not accept unsolicited reviews.
ISSN 1878-9714 | E-ISSN 1878-9722
Sample issue: PS 8:1
Jacob L. Mey | University of Southern Denmark | jam at
Hartmut Haberland | Roskilde University
Hermine Penz | Karl Franzens University of Graz
Review Editor
Uwe Kjær Nissen | University of Southern Denmark
Advisory Board
Sol Azuelos-Atias | University of Haifa
Annalisa Baicchi | University of Genoa
William O. Beeman | University of Minnesota
Mary Bucholtz | University of California, Santa Barbara
Alessandro Capone | University of Messina
Le Cheng | Zhejiang University
Winnie Cheng | Hong Kong Polytechnic University
François Cooren | Université de Montréal
Jonathan Culpeper | Lancaster University
Louise Cummings | Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Kerstin Fischer | University of Southern Denmark
Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr. | University of California, Santa Cruz
Gu Yueguo | Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing
William F. Hanks | University of California, Berkeley
Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen | Manchester University
Michael Haugh | University of Queensland
Susan C. Herring | Indiana University
Eli Hinkel | Seattle Pacific University
Sachiko Ide | Japan's Women's University
Elizabeth Keating | University of Texas at Austin
Istvan Kecskes | SUNY (University at Albany)
Hans J. Ladegaard | Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Theo van Leeuwen | University of Southern Denmark
Li Wei | University College London
Allan Luke | Queensland University of Technology
Meredith Marra | Victoria University of Wellington
Sharon Millar | University of Southern Denmark
Akin Odebunmi | University of Ibadan
Theodossia-Soula Pavlidou | Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Roger C. Schank | Socratic Arts, Inc.
Stephanie Schnurr | University of Warwick
Ning Ye | Zhejiang Police College, Hangzhou
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Görlach, Manfred. 2003. English Words Abroad. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Spear, Norman E., and Ralph R. Miller (eds). 1981. Information Processing in Animals: Memory Mechanisms. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Article (in book):

Adams, Clare A., and Anthony Dickinson. 1981. “Actions and Habits: Variation in Associative Representation during Instrumental Learning.” In Information Processing in Animals: Memory Mechanisms, ed. by Norman E. Spear, and Ralph R. Miller, 143–186. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

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.

Rayson, Paul, Geoffrey N. Leech, and Mary Hodges. 1997. “Social Differentiation in the Use of English Vocabulary: Some Analyses of the Conversational Component of the British National Corpus.” International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 2 (1): 120–132.

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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General