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So far, twelve International Pragmatics Conferences have been held, the first one being a precursor to the actual founding of the International Pragmatics Association:
  1. Viareggio, Italy, September 1985 [special theme: on the issue of coherence in a theory of pragmatics]
  2. Antwerp, Belgium, 17-22 August 1987 [on intercultural and international communication]
  3. Barcelona, Spain, 9-13 July 1990 [with a focus on social issues]
  4. Kobe, Japan, 25-30 July 1993 [connecting social and cognitive issues]
  5. Mexico City, Mexico, 4-9 July 1996 [on conversation]
  6. Reims, France, 19-24 July 1998 [on language and ideology]
  7. Budapest, Hungary, 9-14 July 2000 [on cognition and language use]
  8. Toronto, Canada, 13-18 July 2003 [on linguistic pluralism]
  9. Riva del Garda, Italy, 10-15 July 2005 [on pragmatics and philosophy]
  10. Göteborg, Sweden, 8-13 July 2007 [on language data, corpora, and computational pragmatics]
  11. Melbourne, Australia, 12-17 July 2009 [diversity, context, and structure]
  12. Manchester, United Kingdom, 3-8 July 2011 [pragmatics and its interfaces]
  13. New Delhi, India, 8-13 September 2013 [narrative pragmatics: culture, cognition, context]

Plenary speakers have included Jens Allwood, Mira Ariel, Michael Bamberg, Richard Bauman, Rukmini Bhaya Nair, Douglas Biber, Manfred Bierwisch, Charles Briggs, Laurel Brinton, Penelope Brown, Robyn Carston, Fernando Castaños, Eve Clark, Herb Clark, Bernard Comrie, Steven Davis, Wolfgang Dressler, Paul Drew, Umberto Eco, Nick Enfield, Gilles Fauconnier, Charles Fillmore, Alexandra Georgakopoulou, Charles Goodwin, John Gumperz, Bill Hanks, Monica Heller, Susan Herring, Maya Hickman, Janet Holmes, Dell Hymes, Sachiko Ide, Hans Kamp, Yasuhiro Katagiri, Paul Kay, Catherine Kerbrat Orecchioni, Lachman Khubchandani, Sotaro Kita, Robin Lakoff, Jocelyn Létourneau, Stephen Levinson, John Lucy, Rosina Marquez Reiter, John Marshall, Jacob Mey, Lorenza Mondada, Elinor Ochs, Jan-Ola Östman, Ingrid Piller, Csaba Pléh, Clotilde Pontecorvo, François Recanati, Celia Roberts, Marina Sbisà, Emanuel Schegloff, Wes Sharrock, Masayoshi Shibatani, Udaya Singh, Dan Slobin, Dan Sperber, Peter Sutton, Paul Takahara, Leonard Talmy, Michael Tomasello, Elizabeth Traugott, Wolfgang Wahlster, Anna Wierzbicka, Robert Wilenski, Yorick Wilks, Deirdre Wilson.

From the second conference onwards, attendance has varied from 600 to 1000, with a dip to 450 as a result of the outbreak of SARS just months before the conference in Toronto.

Selected papers from the Viareggio and Antwerp conferences were published in the following volumes:

  • Jef Verschueren & Marcella Bertuccelli Papi, 1987, The pragmatic perspective: Selected papers from the 1985 International Pragmatics Conference. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 836 pp.
  • Jef Verschueren, 1991, Pragmatics at issue: Selected papers of the International Pragmatics Conference, Antwerp, August 17-22, 1987, Vol. I. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 314 pp.
  • Jef Verschueren, 1991, Levels of linguistic adaptation: Selected papers of the International Pragmatics Conference, Antwerp, August 17-22, 1987, Vol. II. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 339 pp.
  • Jan Blommaert & Jef Verschueren, 1991, The pragmatics of intercultural and international communication: Selected papers of the International Pragmatics Conference, Antwerp, August 17-22, 1987 (Vol. III) and of the Ghent symposium on intercultural communication. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 249 pp.

(For ordering information: http://www.benjamins.nl)

Because of the long time it usually took to get proceedings into print, no attempts were made to publish papers from the Barcelona, Kobe, and Mexico City conferences, though many excellent and topically coherent collective volumes have been published on the initiative of panel organizers.

The observation that there seemed to be a demand for relatively fast access to at least a selection of conference papers led to a new publishing experiment. For the results, see Selected papers from the 6th International Pragmatics Conference, and the 7th International Pragmatics Conference. This experiment was however discontinued mainly for budgetary reasons on the occasion of the 8th International Pragmatics Conference. Meanwhile, alternative forms of publication have become more highly valued in academia. Papers from the conferences are published in a wide variety of pragmatics-related journals, and collections from panels often appear in book form.