9th International Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication – INPRA 2020


The University of Queensland, School of Languages and Cultures announces

The 9th International Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication
INPRA 2020

 12  – 14 June 2020

The University of Queensland, Brisbane St Lucia Campus 

Conference Convenors:

Prof Michael Haugh (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Dr Valeria Sinkeviciute (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Prof István Kecskés (State University of New York, Albany, USA)


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Email: inpra2020@uq.edu.au


Important Dates

First Call for Papers: September 1, 2019

Early Abstract deadline:

December 15, 2019

Early Acceptance notification:

January 31, 2020

Regular Abstract deadline:

January 31, 2019

Regular Acceptance notification:

March 1, 2020

Early bird registration: February 1, 2020

Early bird registration ends: March 31, 2020

Regular registration from: April 1, 2020

Deadline for registration: May 25, 2020

Provisional programme: May 15, 2020

Final programme: June 5, 2020


The 9th International Conference on

Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication

June 12-14, 2020

The University of Queensland

Brisbane, Australia


Call for Papers

The 9th International Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication (INPRA) will be held 12-14 June 2020 at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. The main aim of INPRA is to bring together researchers from around the world who have diverse scientific backgrounds but share the same field of interest – pragmatics, broadly understood as a cognitive, philosophical, social, and intercultural perspective on language and communication.

Abstracts (max. 300 words) are invited for papers on any topic relevant to the fields of pragmatics and intercultural communication, including but not limited to:

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

(ii) Intercultural, cross-cultural and societal aspects of pragmatics: research involving more than one language and culture or varieties of one language, lingua franca, computer mediated communication, 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.

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

Presentations will be 20-minutes long plus 10 minutes for questions. All presentations will be in English.

Individual papers:

Individual papers will be thematically grouped into parallel sessions depending on the area of research.


Panels of 3 or 6 papers are welcome. Panel organisers need to submit their panel proposal (max. 400 words; including the accepted panel contributors’ names and presentation titles) via the submission system by the due date. Please make sure that your panel consists of 3 or 6 contributions.

Panel papers:

Panel contributors whose papers have been accepted by the panel organisers need to submit their abstracts via the submission system at the same time as the panel proposal by the due date.

Please note that no one can be presenting as first author more than twice.

Abstract submission:

Please submit your abstract via EasyAbs: http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/inpra2020

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Call for Papers Infosheet

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Email: inpra2020@uq.edu.au


Abstract submission deadline

Notification of acceptance


December 15, 2019

January 31, 2020


January 31, 2020

March 1, 2020


Nick Enfield, The University of Sydney

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Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr., University of California, Santa Cruz

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Janet Holmes, Victoria University of Wellington

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István Kecskés, State University of New York

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A preliminary program will be available in May 2020.

Registration fee (in Australian dollars) covers all conference materials, morning tea and lunch breaks:

Early bird registration
(February 1 - March 31)

Regular registration
(April 1- May 25)

Full: $350

Student*: $250

Full: $400

Student*: $300

 *Students will need to provide a valid student card upon registration.

Travel Guide

Brisbane delivers a first-class travel and transport network making it an easy and cost effective choice for conference delegates.

Welcome to Brisbane!

Queensland's capital city Brisbane is known as Australia's New World City. Innovative, modern and welcoming, Brisbane has been rated in the top 30 per cent of the world's fastest-growing cities and in the top 10 cities in the world for lifestyle and talent.

Easily accessible, Brisbane is serviced by one of Australia's fastest growing airports with a network of direct flights from 31 international and 50 domestic destinations. As the closest eastern seaboard capital city to Asia, Brisbane offers frequent flights to various Asia Pacific destinations and is a transfer hub from major European destinations. Direct flights arrive several times a day from Asia, the United States, New Zealand, the Pacific and the Middle East.

International flights from Brisbane

Brisbane International Airport boasts an extensive network of direct flights to international destinations including but not limited to: 

  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong                                                                                                  
  • Bangkok 
  • Shanghai 
  • Auckland 
  • Dubai 
  • Los Angeles
  • Vancouver

This allows easy access for international delegates to travel home. 

Brisbane city remains compact and well connected, allowing delegates to easily walk between venues, hotels, parklands, cultural attractions, entertainment precincts and dining locations.

A range of travel and accommodation suggestions will be available closer to the conference. 

The University of Queensland

Located just seven kilometres from Brisbane's city centre (accessible by car or public transport), UQ St Lucia is renowned as one of Australia's most attractive university campuses.

Getting to UQ