Pragmaticizing Understanding

Studies for Jef Verschueren

ORCID logoMichael Meeuwis | Ghent University
ORCID logoJan-Ola Östman | University of Helsinki
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The ideas that mark modern-day pragmatics are old, but did not start to get more systematically developed until the 1960s and 1970s. Still, the very recognition of pragmatics as a self-standing academic discipline is a product of the 1980s, not least made possible by the establishment of the International Pragmatics Association. One scholar in particular has devoted his life both to IPrA and to the discipline.

This volume pays homage to Jef Verschueren on the occasion of his 60th birthday. It celebrates him for his long-standing dedication as Secretary General of IPrA and for his scholarly contributions to the field. We owe to Jef Verschueren the insight that the processes through which language users (do or do not) achieve understanding among each other in communication can only be fully comprehended if approached from a pragmatic perspective, i.e. if understanding is pragmaticized.

The chapters in this book are written by scholars who, like Jef Verschueren, have played a key role in the genesis and development of the field, and who still actively contribute to its advancement today. Each author looks back, evaluates the present, and takes on new challenges.

[Not in series, 170] 2012.  vi, 230 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Pragmaticizing Understanding is a fine piece of work [...]. The individual chapters and the volume as a whole present illuminating insights into the pragmatics of understanding — from both theoretical and language-use based perspectives. [...] Pragmaticizing Understanding is an excellent piece of work which not only practices what it preaches but also preaches what it practices.”
“The researchers and scholars who must be regarded as its primary audience will certainly enjoy this celebration of a field that has come of age in the 60 years of Jef Verschueren’s lifetime.”
“Considering the wide range of topics covered and the thought-provoking approaches adopted, the volume is a must-read for advanced-level linguistics majors and scholars interested in pragmatic research. For lay readers curious about language issues, some of the chapters in the second half may be less demanding and arguably more accessible.”
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Book presentation for Jef Verschueren

On the occasion of his 60th birthday, the editors Michael Meeuwis and Jan-Ola Östman presented Jef Verschueren with the book Pragmaticizing Understanding: Studies for Jef Verschueren . This volume celebrates him for his long-standing dedication as Secretary General of IPrA and his scholarly contributions to the field.

Below some pictures of this very special occasion, hosted by John, Claire and Seline Benjamins.

Jef Verschueren

celebration the party

Jan-Ola Östman, Isja Conen, Seline Benjamins, Jef Verschueren and Michael Meeuwis Seline, John and Claire Benjamins


Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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