Call for Papers


Due to the huge interest in the conference and the many requests to extend the deadline of abstract submissions the Organizing Committee decided to honor the requests and extends the deadline to 20 January 2016.

The International Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication (INPRA) is a well-known biennial meeting and this would be its 7th edition. The main aim of the conference is to bring together researchers from around the world who have diverse scientific backgrounds but share the same field of interest – pragmatics, being perceived as a cognitive, philosophical, social, and intercultural perspective on language and communication.

Numerous renowned linguists and scholars will give speeches, re-define key questions and present research findings. In particular, the Scientific Committee strongly encourages younger scholars and PhD students concerned with pragmatics to give speeches, too.

This conference should promote connections between pragmatic theory and its application in practice. 

Linguistic Fields
Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Semantics, Cognitive Sciences, Philosophy of Language

The various subfields of pragmatics and different approaches even to the same topic will provide a better understanding of intercultural communication in today’s communication-driven society. 

Parallel sessions will be held in relation to the following non-exhaustive thematic strands:

1. Pragmatics theories and theoretical perspectives (philosophical, cognitive, societal)
- Classical pragmatics (speech-acts theory, Grice and conversational implicatures)
- Contemporary pragmatics theories (relevance theory, socio-cognitive approach, etc.)
- Metapragmatics
- Pragmatic meaning, semantic-pragmatic interface, content and context
- Implicatures (neo-Gricean approaches); explicatures
- Discourse deixis
- Presuppositions
- Speech acts: conventionality and intentionality
- Developmental experimental pragmatics
- Formulaic language, figurative language

2. Intercultural, cross-cultural and societal aspects of pragmatic research:
- Communicating interculturality: speaking across cultures
- Lingua franca pragmatics
- Societal pragmatics, pragmemes
- Communication and cultural patterns, intercultural misunderstandings
- Sociopragmatics: interlanguage
- Language and social networks
- Understanding everyday language (speakers’ repertoires)
- (Im)politeness phenomena (intention, cultural models and context)
- Cultural dimensions of discourse
- Computer-mediated communication, media communication
- Gendered speech communities

3. Applications

Raising pragmatic awareness
- Pragmatic competence
- Teaching intercultural pragmatic competence, teachability and learnability of pragmatic skills
- Use of speech acts
- Usage and corpus-based approaches
- Pragmatic skills and variations across languages and cultures 

The conference is open to all other pragmatics-related topics broadly defined.

Keynote Speakers
Wayne Davis (Georgetown University, USA)
Rachel Giora (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Laurence R. Horn (Yale University, USA)
Istvan Kecskes (State University of New York at Albany, USA)

Conference Convenors
Jagoda Granić (University of Split, Croatia)
Istvan Kecskes (State University of New York at Albany, USA)

Scientific Committee
Barbara Abbott (Michigan State University, USA)
Stavros Assimakopoulos (University of Malta, Malta)
Fabienne Baider (University of Cyprus, Cyprus)
Anne Barron (Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany)
Marcella Bertuccelli (Università di Pisa, Italy)
Philippe de Brabanter (Institut Jean-Nicod & Université Paris 4/Sorbonne, France) 
Noel Burton-Roberts (Newcastle University, UK)
Ronnie Cann (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Billy Clark (Middlesex University, UK)
Wayne Davis (Georgetown University, USA)
Victoria Escandell Vidal (UNED, Spain)
Anita Fetzer (Universität Augsburg, Austria)
Maria José Fràpolli (Universidad de Granada, Spain)
Thorstein Fretheim (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway) 
Yihong Gao (Peking University, China)
Dirk Geeraerts (University of Leuven, Belgium) 
Rachel Giora (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Jagoda Granić (University of Split, Croatia)
Victoria Guillén Nieto (Universidad de Alicante, Spain) 
Marie-Noëlle Guillot (University of East Anglia, UK) 
Michael Haugh (Griffith University, Australia)
Gang He (East China Normal University, China)
Laurence R. Horn (Yale University, USA)
Elly Ifantidou (University of Athens, Greece)
Kasia Jaszczolt (Cambridge University, UK)
Napoleon Katsos (University of Cambridge, UK)
Istvan Kecskes (State University of New York, Albany, USA)
Mohammad Hossein Keshavarz (Girne American University, Cyprus)
Ruth Kempson (King's College London, UK)
Mikhail Kissine (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium) 
Eliza Kitis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) 
Kepa Korta (Universidad del Pais Vasco, Spain)
Tatiana Larina (Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, Moscow, Russia) 
Juana Marin Arrese (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)
Miguel Angel Martínez Cabeza (Universidad de Granada, Spain)
Jacques Moeschler (Université de Genève, Switzerland)
Eniko Nemeth (University of Szeged, Hungary)
Theodossia-Soula Pavlidou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
Lluís Payrató (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)
Salvador Pons Bordería (Universitat de Valencia, Spain)
Anne Reboul (CNRS Institut des Sciences Cognitives, Bron, France)
Jesus Romero Trillo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)
Esther Romero González (Universidad de Granada, Spain)
Francisco Ruíz de Mendoza (Universidad de La Rioja, Spain)
Louis de Saussure (Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
Klaus Schneider (Universität Bonn, Germany)
John Tomlinson (ZAS Berlin, Germany)
Jiang Wangqi (Peking University, China)
Anna  Wierzbicka (Australian National University, Australia)
Deirdre Wilson (University of  London, UK)
Francisco Yus (Universidad de Alicante, Spain)

Paper and panel proposals
Abstracts are invited both for papers and panels on any relevant pragmatic topic.

Abstract Submission
Abstracts (min. 300 and max. 350 words, excluding references) must be in English. 
Please include the word count at the bottom of the page (longer abstracts will be rejected).

Abstracts will be double-blind peer-reviewed by the Scientific Committee members and should include research questions, methods, results and theoretical or practical implications. Each presentation will be allowed 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for questions. 
All presentations will be in English.

Note that one person may submit a single- or a co-authored abstract.

Please click HERE to download the Abstract Submission Form.

Abstracts, entitled
Surname-abstract-INPRA2016 (e.g. Smith-abstract-INPRA2016), should be submitted to

The e-mail should use the subject header "INPRA Abstract".
The NEW extended deadline for abstract submission is 20 January 2016.
The Scientific Committee will announce their decision on acceptance/rejection of abstracts by 10 February 2016.

Early-bird registration (before 29 February 2016): 180 EUR
Standard registration (before 1 April 2016): 210 EUR

Students (with valid I.D.)
Early-bird registration (before 29 February 2016): 110 EUR
Standard registration (before 1 April 2016): 140 EUR 

In the case of presentations with multiple authors each of them should register and pay the conference fee.

See webpage for details. Please click here.

Conference Venue
University of Split, Croatia
School of Medicine // Medicinski fakultet
Šoltanska ulica  2, 21000 Split

See webpage for details. Please click here.

Social Programme
See webpage for details. Please click here.

NEW Important Dates

20 January 2016
     > extended deadline for abstract submission
10 February 2016     > notification of acceptance; early-bird registration starts
29 February 2016     > early-bird registration closed
  1 March 2016        > standard registration starts  
  1 April 2016           > registration closed

Conference e-mail:
Secretary: Jelena Novaković
Phones: +385 91 222 6031; +385 98 938 1780; +385 21 552 561