5th International Conference of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA-5)


October 16, 2020 – October 19, 2020 all-day
Caroline Rieger
British Columbia

Date: 16-Oct-2020 – 18-Oct-2020
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Contact Person: Caroline Rieger

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Linguistic Theories; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 05-Mar-2020

The goal of the conference is to promote both theoretical and applied research in pragmatics, and to bring together scholars who are interested in different subfields of pragmatics (philosophical, linguistic, cognitive, social, intercultural, interlanguage, etc.). The four main topical strands of the conference are as follows:

(i)Pragmatics theories: neo-Gricean approaches, relevance theory, theory of mind, meaning, role of context, common ground, semantics-pragmatics interface, explicature, implicature, speech act theory, presuppositions, grammaticalization, im/politeness, etc.

(ii)Experimental pragmatics: models of language and meaning, experimental techniques, scalar implicatures, reference resolution, interpretation of figurative language, etc.

(iii)Intercultural, cross-cultural and societal aspects of pragmatics: research involving more than one language and culture, or varieties of one language, intercultural pragmatics, interlanguage pragmatics, variational pragmatics, social pragmatics, lingua franca, computer-mediated communication (CMC), bilinguals’ and heritage speakers’ language use, intercultural misunderstandings, effect of dual language and multilingual systems on the development and use of pragmatic skills, language of aggression and conflict, etc.

(iv)Applications: usage and corpus-based approaches, pragmatic competence, teachability and learnability of pragmatic skills, pragmatic variations within one language and across languages, developmental pragmatics, cyber pragmatics, etc.

In addition to proposals for these topical strands we invite proposals for a special Panel on African American Pragmatics to promote research in this underserved field. This panel is chaired by Lisa Green, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA.

Call for Papers:


The early deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended.

Early Deadline: March 5, 2020
Notification of Acceptance: March 25, 2020
Final Acceptance Deadline: June 15, 2020 (no abstracts will be processed after this date)
Notification of Acceptance: July 15, 2020

Abstract Submission:
Abstracts must be 250-400 words max. in length (depending on format of presentation, including title, excluding references). Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per person. Abstracts & proposals for all presentation formats must be submitted through EasyAbstracts (http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/ampra2020). The system opened on November 1, 2019.
When submitting the abstract or proposal, please specify your preference of format as well as the category (i, ii, iii, iv or v – African American Pragmatics) you would like to be considered for. Details of these categories and formats can be found in the full CFP on the AMPRA web site: https://americanpragmaticsassociation.org/ampra-5/