Quarterly Publication of the International Pragmatics Association (IPrA)
Publisher: International Pragmatics Association (IPrA)
Pragmatics is the peer-reviewed quarterly journal of the International Pragmatics Association (IPrA), which was established in 1986 to represent the field of linguistic pragmatics, broadly conceived as the interdisciplinary (cognitive, social, cultural) science of language use. Its goal is to reflect the diversity of topics, applications, methods and approaches available within this wide field, and thus to contribute to IPrA’s foundational aim of searching for coherence across different perspectives and of bridging any gaps between the field’s practitioners, whether their background is linguistic, anthropological, sociological, psychological, computational, etc.
Pragmatics is made available online as free content after a 12-month embargo period. Members of the International Pragmatics Association (IPrA) always have access to the online version by logging in with their user name and password at the IPrA website (www.pragmatics.international ). When applying for or renewing their membership, IPrA members may also choose to pay the additional fee required to receive paper copies.
Pragmatics publishes its articles Online First.
All prices for print + online include postage/handling.
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|Volume 31 (2021): 4 issues; ca. 600 pp.||EUR 191.00||EUR 208.00|
Individuals may apply for a special subscription rate of EUR 85.00 (online‑only: EUR 80.00)
Private subscriptions are for personal use only, and must be pre-paid and ordered directly from the publisher.
This title is the continuation of IPrA Papers in Pragmatics
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(Vols. 1‒30; 1991‒2020)
|EUR 737.00||EUR 5,452.00|
|Volume 30 (2020)||4 issues; 600 pp.||EUR 191.00||EUR 208.00|
|Volume 29 (2019)||4 issues; 600 pp.||EUR 187.00||EUR 204.00|
|Volume 28 (2018)||4 issues; 600 pp.||EUR 182.00||EUR 198.00|
|Volume 27 (2017)||4 issues; 600 pp.||EUR 177.00||EUR 192.00|
|Volumes 1‒26 (1991‒2016)||4 issues; avg. 590 pp.||On request||EUR 186.00 each|
Volume 31 (2021)
Volume 30 (2020)
Volume 29 (2019)
Volume 28 (2018)
Volume 27 (2017)
Volume 26 (2016)
Volume 25 (2015)
Volume 24 (2014)
Volume 23 (2013)
Volume 22 (2012)
Volume 21 (2011)
Volume 20 (2010)
Volume 19 (2009)
Volume 18 (2008)
Volume 17 (2007)
Volume 16 (2006)
Volume 15 (2005)
Volume 14 (2004)
Volume 13 (2003)
Volume 12 (2002)
Volume 11 (2001)
Volume 10 (2000)
Volume 8 (1998)
Volume 7 (1997)
Volume 6 (1996)
Volume 5 (1995)
Volume 4 (1994)
Volume 3 (1993)
Volume 2 (1992)
Volume 1 (1991)
22 March 2021
8 March 2021
22 February 2021
8 January 2021
6 January 2021
30 November 2020
18 November 2020
17 November 2020
10 November 2020
6 November 2020
2 September 2020
25 August 2020
24 July 2020
20 July 2020
3 July 2020
5 June 2020
3 June 2020
13 March 2020
6 March 2020
4 February 2020
18 December 2019
6 December 2019
3 December 2019
26 November 2019
22 November 2019
19 November 2019
18 November 2019
When submitting your article, please observe the following:
Make sure that you submit the final, clean version of the manuscript (without personal comments, corrections, tracks, etc.), together with all accompanying files (figures etc., if submitted as separate files).
In addition, provide a list containing all contributors’ full names (first and last), affiliations, and addresses (both postal and e-mail). Telephone and fax numbers are optional.
Pragmatics only uses online submission.
File naming conventions
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Contributions should be between 7,000 and 10,000 words in length, including
- an abstract of 100-150 words
- 6 to 8 keywords
- A biographical note of 50 to 75 words
- page numbering
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Whatever formatting or style conventions are employed, please be consistent.
Once your paper is accepted for publication, 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.
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.
Tables and figures
All tables, figures, and trees must fit within the page size as specified below:
4.5” x 7.5” (≈ 11.5 cm x 19 cm)
Please be aware that prior to typesetting, the pages will have to be reduced in size; any lettering etc. should be big enough to be legible also after reduction. Absolute lowest font size: Times Roman 8 pts).
Tables and figures should be provided on separate sheets, numbered consecutively and given appropriate captions. They should be referred to in the main text as “Table 2”, “Figure 3”, etc. (avoid expressions such as “in the following table: ...” or “See the figure below.”).
Please indicate the preferred positioning of tables and figures in the text in this way:
INSERT FIG 1 HERE
Preferred Table format:
Table 5. Past-inflection rates in Jamaican and Trinidadian Creoles.
* The large number of Trinidadian tokens is due to the…etc.
Emphasis and foreign words
Use italics for words in languages other than English as well as for emphasis.
Boldface should be used only for highlighting words within italicized stretches and for headings.
Please refrain from the use of FULL CAPS (except for focal stress and abbreviations). Using small caps is sometimes a viable option.
Do not use underlining except when conventionally required in your field of research. (It is OK to use underlining for highlighting within examples as an alternative to boldface).
Quotation and quotation marks
For conventionally used terms or expressions (e.g., ‘context of situation’), please use single quotes; these may also be used as ‘scare quotes’ to focus attention on a particular word or expression.
For glosses, directly quoted forms and expressions, as well as in-text quotations, always use 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.
Sections and headings
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, one line space before, section number flush left. Text starts immediately below.
Level 2 = bold italics, one line space before, section number flush left. Text starts immediately below.
Level 3ff = italics, one line space before, section number flush left. Text starts immediately below.
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. ....
Should not be indented. If numbered, please number as follows:
(or a. .......................)
(or b. .......................)
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 or a morphemic breakdown may be added. 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. E.g.
(3) a. Ed en Floor gaan samen-wonen.
b. Maarten en Stefanie zijn uit elkaar.
For glossing (where applicable), use the Leipzig Glossing Rules (www.eva.mpg.de/lingua/resources/glossing-rules.php).
Notes should be kept to a minimum. Note indicators in the text should appear in superscript at the end of sentences or phrases, and follow the respective punctuation marks. They should be numbered consecutively throughout the manuscript, with Arabic numerals.
Names and affiliations
Please include in the article itself, below the title, a list of all authors in the order in which they should appear in the publication and for each author:
Funding information should be provided if funding was received through a grant for the research that is discussed in the article, including funder name and grant number, in a separate section called "Funding information" before (an Acknowledgment section and) the References.
Acknowledgments (other than funding information, see above) should be added in a separate, unnumbered section entitled "Acknowledgments", placed before the References.
Appendices should follow the References.
The (first) author will receive first proofs of an accepted article for correction and will be requested to return corrections to the Editor-in-chief. The editor will receive one full set of the first proofs of each journal issue and after corrections another set of second proofs for final checking. With the proofs you will receive instructions on how to mark corrections and when to return them. Please limit corrections to the essential. It is at the publisher’s discretion not to implement substantial changes or to charge the author.
Pragmatics offers online submission .
Before submitting, please consult the guidelines and the Short Guide to EM for Authors .
If you are not able to submit online, or for any other editorial correspondence, please contact the editor via e-mail: helmut.k.gruberunivie.ac.at
Special Issue Proposals
- A special issue proposal should contain a detailed account of the relevance, the originality, and the coherence of the proposed issue by the proposers (1700 – 2000 words excl. references). As part of the basic proposal, guest editors are also required to include a statement of (1) why the particular journal is a good/appropriate venue, and/ or (2) discuss explicitly the contributions the special edition makes to the particular field of study it covers. Furthermore, it should contain an abstract of each paper (ca. 500-800 words excl. references).
- Based on this proposal, the editorial team decides on the appropriateness of the proposed SI for “Pragmatics” within due time. Please note that acceptance of a SI-proposal does not imply that all articles which are submitted afterwards as part of the SI will survive the reviewing process.
- A special issue should not exceed 75.000 words (including a comprehensive introduction in which the theoretical background and overall relevance and coherence of the SI is outlined and the single papers are shortly described). Each article should not exceed the journal’s maximum length of 10.000 words and should conform to its stylesheet (available at the journal’s website).
- The overall responsibility for the whole production process of special issues rests with one of the associate editors (and not with the guest editors). The guest editors, however, will be asked to provide a list of possible referees for each of the contributions.
- The schedule for the several stages of the submission process (first submission, reviewing, revision, second reviewing, submission of final version) can be negotiated between journal editor(s) and guest editors. In principle, however, reviewers have 3 months for submitting their reviews, in the case of SIs this time may be exceeded as we always try to find one reviewer who reviews the entire SI. But please note that “Pragmatics” publishes a maximum of 2 SIs per year.
- No fees apply for publishing in “Pragmatics”. IPRA members have immediate access to each issue after publication. After a 12-months embargo period, each issue is made publicly available.