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MTA NYTI Lendulet Interactional Ritual Research Group



The objective of our MTA NYTI Lendület Interactional Ritual Research Group is engage 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.

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


Our team consists of the following members 


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, tudományos segédmunkatárs 

Xi Jiayou, tudományos segédmunkatárs (2019-ig)   


Dan Han (China)

Lili Gong (China)

Dr Vladimir Zegarac (UK)

Jia Qiu (China)

Iknur Civan (Turkey)

More information about other colleagues working with our team is available at the website of the Centre for Pragmatic Research.


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: 08.07.2020