9th International Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication – INPRA 2022

The University of Queensland, School of Languages and Cultures announces

The 9th International Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication

21-23 June 2022

Hybrid Conference (Online & In-person)


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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The journal Intercultural Pragmatics (degruyter.com) promotes the development and understanding of pragmatic theories and intercultural competence by publishing research that focuses on general theoretical issues, more than one language and culture, or varieties of one language. 

Languages is an international, peer-reviewed open access journal on interdisciplinary studies of languages and linguistics, indexed in Scopus and ESCI (Web of Science). We welcome contributions within any theoretical, experimental or applied approach.


Email: inpra2020@uq.edu.au

Committee Announcement:


The 9th International Conference on

Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication

 21-23 June 2022

The University of Queensland

Brisbane, Australia


Call for Papers

The 9th International Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication (INPRA) will be held 21-23 June 2022 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/inpra9

Key dates:

Abstract submission deadline extended to February 6, 2022

Notification of outcome March 15, 2022


Submissions have now closed.

  • Deadline: February 6, 2022
  • Notification: March 15, 2022


Email: inpra2020@uq.edu.au

Prof Michael Haugh
Dr Valeria Sinkeviciute
Prof István Kecskés



Scientific  Committees
Fabienne Baider (University of Cyprus)
Marcella Bertuccelli (Università di Pisa)
Philippe de Brabanter (Institut Jean-Nicod & Université Paris 4/Sorbonne)
Wei-Lin Melody Chang
(The University of Queensland)
Jonathan Culpeper (Lancaster University)
Juliana De Nooy (The University of Queensland)
Adriana Diaz (The University of Queensland)
Marta Dynel (University of Lodz)
Victoria Escandell Vidal (UNED)
Anita Fetzer (Universität Augsburg)
Maria José Fràpolli (Universidad de Granada)
Thorstein Fretheim (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
He Gang (East China Normal University)
Dirk Geeraerts (University of Leuven)
Rachel Giora (Tel Aviv University)
Cliff Goddard (Griffith University, Brisbane)
Jagoda Granic (University of Split)
Victoria Guillén Nieto (Universidad de Alicante)
Marie-Noëlle Guillot (University of East Anglia)
Michael Haugh (The University of Queensland)
Janet Holmes (Victoria University)
Elly Ifantidou (University of Athens)
Napoleon Katsos (University of Cambridge)
Mohammad H. Keshavarz
​(Girne American University)
Ruth Kempson (King's College London)
Mikhail Kissine (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
Eliza Kitis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

Local Organising Committee
Dr Adriana Diaz
Dr Sheng-hsun Lee
Dr Wei-Lin Melody Chang
Dr Juliana De Nooy
Assoc. Prof Marisa Cordella


Tatiana Larina (Peoples' Friendship
University of Russia, Moscow)
Hikyoung Lee (Korea University, Seoul)
Juana Marin Arrese
(Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Carmen Maíz Arévalo
(Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Meredith Marra
(Victoria University of Wellington)
Miguel Angel Martínez Cabeza
(Universidad de Granada)
Troy McConanchy (University of Warwick)
Jacques Moeschler (Université de Genève)
Kerry Mullan (RMIT University, Melbourne)
Eniko Nemeth (University of Szeged)
Anna Niżegorodcew
(Jagiellonian University, Krakow)
Olga Obdalova (Tomsk University)
Jun Ohashi (University of Melbourne)
Marcelyn Oostendorp (Stellenbosch University)
Lluís Payrató (Universitat de Barcelona)
Salvador Pons Bordería (Universitat de Valencia)
Anne Reboul
(CNRS Institut des Sciences Cognitives, Bron)
Jesus Romero Trillo
(Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Francisco Ruíz de Mendoza
​(Universidad de La Rioja)
Valeria Sinkeviciute
​(The University of Queensland)
Vittorio Tantucci (Lancaster University)

Enza Tudini
(University of South Australia, Adelaide)
Louis de Saussure
(Université de Neuchâtel)
Klaus Schneider
​(Universität Bonn)
Francisco Yus
(Universidad de Alicante)
Xu Wen
(Southwest University, Beibei, Chongqing)


Professor Nick Enfield | The University of Sydney






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Pragmatic Universals


In this talk I will make a case for certain pragmatic principles that constitute a universal infrastructure for human interaction. These include not only certain aspects of the workings of conversation, but also the morally-grounded elements of joint action and social accountability, without which human interaction would not be the way it is. I will explore some ways in which these pragmatic universals can be calibrated differently in different social and cultural contexts.

Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr. | Independent Cognitive Scientist






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Metaphors in the Flesh: Pragmatic Poetics of Sports Celebrations


Athletes often celebrate their in-the-moment accomplishments by dancing, hugging one another, shaking hands in various ways, or performing various individual or group actions. My claim is that quite a few of the celebrations athletes perform (e.g., after scoring goals or touchdown, or making great plays on the field) convey pragmatic, specifically metaphorical, meaning and, as such, are excellent examples of embodied depictions of pragmatic meaning. Most metaphorical sports celebration depictions refer to success in other sports or competitive events in which an athlete enacts some parts of an overall SOURCE-PATH-GOAL image schema as commentary on their just completed on the field performances. Other sports celebrations, such as when athletes dance, are not metaphorical precisely because they do not allude to events in different sports or competitive domains. I will present an analysis of a large corpus of sport celebrations, and then the results of a series of surveys and experiments to show that observers often infer pragmatic, metaphorical meanings with some, but not all, of the sport celebrations they witness on TV and in real-life. This work has several implications for theories of both metaphorical descriptions and depictions and for the pragmatic understanding of human expressive action.

Professor Meredith Marra |  Victoria University of Wellington (co-author Janet Holmes)






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“Chinese with a lower status will speak like not very loud”: Metapragmatics and workplace interaction


Interaction is the main channel through which people establish connections with others at work, but it is also a crucial means of constructing a professional identity and demonstrating shared professional values.  While local sociocultural norms  or “ways of doing things round here” are sometimes made explicit (especially when this behaviour is ratified as in the case of a mentor-newcomer relationship), analysis of workplace interaction in a range of New Zealand workplaces indicates that the rules for appropriate behaviour and related professional values are often very subtle and inexplicit. 

Increasingly researchers are turning to metapragmatics for information about the ideas that speakers orient to when evaluating the behaviour of their interlocutors. While there is no direct link between stated ideologies and practices, investigations of talk about talk or talk about social meaning provide access to circulating Discourses. Importantly, the discussions also expose strategies through which a marginalised participant might successfully defend their position and challenge the assumptions of others.

In this presentation we examine instances of metatalk surrounding workplace communication in New Zealand organisations. We highlight the importance of intercultural communication in a country where a monolingual mindset persists, despite overt commitments to bi and multiculturalism  The analysis explores the struggle involved in developing an appropriate professional identity in context, including examples of those who successful enact pushback to ascribed positioning. 

Professor István Kecskés | State University of New York






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Implicatures revisited from an intercultural perspective


The presentation aims to discuss how implicatures work in intercultural interactions. There is evidence that interlocutors in intercultural interactions rely more on semantics than pragmatics (e.g. House 2003; Kecskes 2007; Trbojevic 2019) because context cannot support pragmatic interpretation the way it does in L1 communication. This seriously affects the use and interpretation of implicatures. At the same time in pragmatic theory there seems to be an agreement between the neo-Gricean account (Chierchia, 2013; Horn 2004) and the post-Gricean account (Sperber and Wilson, 1995; Noveck and Sperber, 2007) on the fact that the process of implicature retrieval is context-dependent. But will this contextualism work in intercultural interactions? Is pragmatics impoverished if interlocutors can only partly rely on pragmatic enrichment coming from context and the target language? The presentation will argue that in fact pragmatics is invigorated in intercultural communication rather than impoverished. Instead of relying on the existing conventions, norms and frames of the target language interlocutors create their own temporary frames, formulas and norms. There is pragmaticization of semantics which is a synchronic, (usually) one-off phenomenon in which coded meaning, sometimes without any specific pragmatic enrichment coming from the target language, obtains temporary pragmatic status. This process is expected to support the use and interpretation of implicatures. This synchronic pragmatic enrichment happens as a result of interlocutors’ blending their dictionary knowledge of the linguistic code (semantics) with their basic interpersonal communicative skills and sometimes unusual, not necessarily target language-based pragmatic strategies that suit them very well in their attempt to achieve their communicative goals.

A preliminary program for the INPRA 9 Conference will be available in early June 2022.

Prior to the conference there will be an event held at The University of Queensland that delegates may also wish to attend:

Symposium: (Inter-)cultural perspectives on humour in the globalised world

20 June 2022

8:30am - 5:00pm

Humour – a complex phenomenon central to human communication – has been approached from different perspectives in various fields of research, such as cultural studies, linguistics, psychology, and sociology. Even though not much research has been paid due attention to the role culture plays in humour in interaction, we argue that it is a crucial contextual factor that helps not only to use humour appropriately, but also to understand what functions it performs in interpersonal communication. Therefore, in this one-day symposium, we would like to explore that intrinsic relationship between humour and culture.

This event is free of charge for both presenters and attendees, but registration will be required prior to the event.

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Early Bird registrations are now open for the INPRA 9 Conference!

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Registration fee (in Australian dollars) covers conference organisation, all conference materialsm and morning tea and lunch breaks (if attending in person):

In-person participation


Online participation


Online attendance 


Early bird

(extended to April 25)

Regular: $350

Student*: $250

Regular: $100

Student*: $50



(by June 1)

Regular: $400

Student*: $300

Regular: $150

Student*: $100


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

Non-presenters will be able to register from 26 April 2022.

For any registration queries, please contact the INPRA 9 Organising Committee.


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International flights from Brisbane
The city of Brisbane delivers a first-class travel and transport network making it an easy and cost effective choice for conference delegates.

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.


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 travel between venues, hotels, parklands, cultural attractions, entertainment precincts and dining locations.

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.

UQ St Lucia Campus

Getting to UQ's St Lucia Campus


Accommodation Recommendations - Arriving and getting around Brisbane

During your stay in Brisbane for the INPRA Conference 2022, we recommend you choose accommodation in the South Bank precinct or Brisbane CBD. There are few accommodation options close to the UQ St Lucia campus, and there is so much more to see and do in the CBD and South Brisbane during your free time. These locations will also be most convenient for those attending the conference welcome reception and dinner.

Accommodation options in both areas are many and varied, and both locations have easy access to City Cat ferry terminals and bus networks with direct routes servicing The University of Queensland. If using public transport to travel to UQ campus for the academic program, we recommend that you select accommodation close to either the North Quay or South Bank City Cat terminal, or Cultural Centre or King George Square Bus Station (indicated by maroon markers on map). Central and South Brisbane train stations are serviced by the AirTrain, which is a direct service from Brisbane International and Domestic Airport.

All delegates will be need to obtain a GoCard upon arrival in Brisbane for travel on all local buses, ferries and trains (not valid on AirTrain). There are many accommodation options available from 5 Star hotels to private rentals to backpacker hostels, and everything in between. Some suggestions (all within 1km, or less than around a 10 minute walk to bus station or ferry terminal) are listed below.

Special Accommodation Offers in South Bank, Brisbane

To give our INPRA 2022 delegates the best experience in the heart of Brisbane city, indicative rates have been sourced from the following hotels based in South Bank offering a great location to restaurants, bars and tourist attractions all within easy public transport access to the UQ St Lucia Campus. We have secured special rates at some of these hotels for INPRA 2022 delegates with promotional codes available for the below locations:

Star Rating Property Room Types

Rate (AUD per night)

Promotional Code
5 Star

Emporium Hotel

South Bank

Vista Suite

From $239* TBA
River City Suite From $309* TBA

4 - 4.5


Swiss-Belhotel Brisbane

Superior / Superior Twin From $199* TBA
Superior River View From $219* TBA
Mantra South Bank Brisbane Hotel From $139* TBA
Studio  From $159* TBA

*Rates are per room, per night and were indicative for June 2020. The above properties reserve the right to review rates closer to the event dates. Should a major event occur in the city during the conference dates, properties reserve the right to implement a surcharge.

Brisbane CBD Accommodation Options

SOFITEL BRISBANE CENTRAL combines contemporary design with French elegance in a 5-star hotel, located over Central Station, and a short walk to the Queen Street Mall and bus station. The Riverside Ferry Terminal is a 10 minute walk away. The hotel offers guests all you would expect in a 5-star hotel, with pool, gymnasium, concierge, 24 hour room service and award winning restaurants.
HILTON BRISBANE is centrally located in the heart of Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall shopping precinct, with easy access to all modes of public transport. This 5-star hotel offers contemporarily furnished rooms with premium bedding and pillow menu, designed for business and leisure travellers. Amenities include outdoor pool, tennis courts and gymnasium, inhouse restaurant and bar, 24 hour room service, concierge and business centre.
IBIS STYLES BRISBANE is a 4-star hotel, located conveniently close to the City Cat terminal and Brisbane’s main shopping hub. The hotel is modern, offering stylish, colourful and comfortable rooms at economical rates. Guests enjoy free internet, complimentary laundry facilities and all day dining plus 24 hour “Call & Collect" menu. Room tip: sometime rooms on lower floors can get a bit of street noise, so we suggest you request a room on a higher floor.
MERCURE BRISBANE is just a few minutes’ walk along the river from the North Quay Ferry Terminal. This mid-scale 4-star hotel is modern and filled with bright colours, many rooms with fabulous river views, and well located close to transport and other facilities without being in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the CBD.
NEXT HOTEL BRISBANE is located on the Queen Street Mall, right in the hub of Brisbane’s central shopping district, and a short walk to the ferry terminal. This hotel focuses on efficiency and functionality, providing 4-star comfort and convenience. Guests with early morning or late night flights can access the ‘In Transit Zone’, offering showers, sleep pods and work stations.

Accommodation in Brisbane