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Centre for Pragmatics Research



The Centre for Pragmatics Research serves as a hub for various strands of inquiries in the field of pragmatics. The Centre is home for various high-impact national and international projects. Staff members of the Centre have disseminated their readers results in the form of papers published in leading international journals, as well volumes published with leading international academic publishers (e.g. Cambridge University Press).

The Centre is happy to host international visitors. We are also happy to provide advice in pragmatics-related inquiries. The Director of the Centre, Prof Daniel Kadar, can be contacted ont he following email address: 

Our external website can be reached from HERE.


Currently the Centre hosts two research teams:

1, MTA Lendület Interactional Ritual Research Group

The Research Group engages in theoretical and empirical research on interactional ritual and pragmatics in a broader sense. The Research Group undertakes its work under the aegis of the Centre for Pragmatics Research of the Institute (LINK?).

Simply put, interactional rituals encompass expressions, speech acts and interactional behaviour by means of which language users indicate and reinforce their rights and obligations, and which help groups of language users to reproduce themselves. The notion of ‘interactional ritual’ originates in renown sociologist Erving Goffman’s work. Although rituals have received significant attention in pragmatics, our Research Group is the first one that attempts to create large scale and replicable frameworks by means of which forms of ritual pragmatic behaviour can be systematically studied across linguacultures.

Interactional ritual theory is not only important from an academic point of view, but also it also has an important applied character, and as such represents a key area by means of which linguistics can make a social impact. For instance, our Research Group has been engaged in the editing of the following blog (published by Cambridge University Press), dedicated to the role of interactional ritual theory in enforcing social distancing on the wake of COVID-19


2. Dr Andrea Szalai’s Research Team working on the interactional ritual practices of Gabor Romas. The project is supported by a major national NFIH Grant.



Kádár, Zoltán Dániel, Research Professor of Pragmatics & Research Group Leader   

Juliane House, Honorary Visiting Professor     

Szalai, Andrea, Research Fellow

Ning, Puyu, Research Fellow      

Jiejun Chen, Junior Research Fellow 

Todo Keiko, Junior Research Fellow

Matyas Rosenberg, Junior Research Fellow

Sandor Orsos, Research Assistant 

Xi Jiayou, tudományos segédmunkatárs (2019-ig)   



Dan Han (China)

Lili Gong (China)

Dr Vladimir Zegarac (UK)

Jia Qiu (China)

Iknur Civan (Turkey)


The following are some of our recent representative publications (books/OA publications):

Helen Spencer-Oatey and Dániel Z. Kádár. 2020. Intercultural Politeness: Managing Relations across Cultures. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Dániel Z. Kádár and Juliane House. 2020. The Pragmatics of Ritual. Special Issue of Pragmatics (Q1) 30(1). 

Juliane House and Dániel Z. Kádár. 2020. T/V pronouns in global communication practices: The case of IKEA catalogues across linguacultures. Journal of Pragmatics 161:1-15.

Dániel Z. Kádár. 2020. Capturing injunctive norm in pragmatics: Meta-reflective evaluations and the moral order. Lingua 237

Daniel Z. Kadar and Sen Zhang. 2019. (Im)politeness and alignment A case study of public political monologues. Acta Linguistica Academica 66(2): 229-249.

Daniel Z. Kadar and Puyu Ning. 2019. Ritual public humiliation: Using pragmatics to model language aggression. Acta Linguistica Academica 66(2): 189-208.


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Last modified: 15.09.2020