Istvan Kecskes

Istvan KecskesPh.D., Kossuth University, Hungary
Department of Communication and Department of Educational Theory and Practice

Teaching and Research Area/s: Second Language Acquisition, Bi- and Multi-lingualism, Intercultural Pragmatics
Office: ED 311
Phone: (518) 442-5030
Fax: (518) 442-5008

Dr. Kecskes is a faculty member in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice in the School of Education.  You can learn more about this program at or Dr. Kecskes' research at

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Intercultural Communication and Pragmatics
  • Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism
  • Language, Culture, and Cognition



  • Kecskes, Istvan and Jacob Mey (eds.) 2008. Intention, Common Ground and the Egocentric Speaker-Hearer. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Kecskes, Istvan and Liliana Albertazzi (eds.). 2007. Cognitive Aspects of Bilingualism.  Heidelberg/London: Springer.
  • Kecskes, Istvan and Laurence Horn. 2007. Explorations in Pragmatics: Linguistic, Cognitive and Intercultural Aspects. Berlin/New York: Mouton.
  • Kecskes, Istvan. 2002. Situation-Bound Utterances in L1 and L2. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Kecskes, Istvan - Tünde, Papp. 2000. Foreign Language and Mother Tongue. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • Kecskes, Istvan - Tünde, Papp (eds.), 1994. New Technology Supporting Language Teaching. Durham, NC/Budapest: CALICO/Felsooktatási Koordinációs Iroda.
  • Kecskes, Istvan - Tünde, Papp, 1991. Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Language Teaching. Budapest: TS Programiroda.
  • Kecskes, Istvan. 1990. English for Computer Users. Budapest: SZAMALK, pp.1-197.

Book Chapters (refereed)

  • Kecskes, I. 2007. Formulaic language in English Lingua Franca. In Kecskes, I. & L. Horn (eds.) Explorations in Pragmatics: Linguistic, Cognitive and Intercultural Aspects. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter: 191-219.
  • Kecskes, I. 2007. Synergic concepts in the bilingual mind. In Kecskes, I. & L. Albertazzi (eds.) Cognitive aspects of bilingualism. Heidelberg/London: Springer: 29-63.
  • Kecskes, I. 2005. Communicative principle and communication.  In Keith Brown (ed.) Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics.  Oxford: Elsevier Science. 2nd edition.
  • Kecskes, I. 2005. Pragmatics aspects of multilingualism. In Keith Brown (ed.) Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics.  Oxford: Elsevier Science. 2nd edition.
  • Kecskes, I. & T. Papp. 2002.  “How to Demonstrate  the Conceptual Effect of the L2 on L1?”  In Vivian Cook (ed.)  The Effect of L2 on L1.  Clevedon: Multilingual Matters: 247-267.
  • Kecskes, I.  2001.  “The Graded Salience Hypothesis in Second Language Acquisition”.  In: Martin Putz, Susanne Niemeier & Rene Dirven (Eds.)  Applied Cognitive Linguistics.  Vol. 1.  Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter: 249-271.
  • Kecskes, I. & T. Papp. 2000.  “Metaphorical Competence in Trilingual Language Production” in Cenoz, J. and U. Jessner (eds.)  2000. Acquisition of English as a Third Language. Clevedon:  Multilingual Matters. Pp. 99-120. 
  • Kecskes, I.  1998. “Situation-Bound Utterances from an Interlanguage Perspective”.   In Jef Verschueren (ed.)  Pragmatics in 1998: Selected Papers from the 6th International Pragmatics Conference. Vol. 2.  Antwerp: International Pragmatics Association. 299-310.
  • Kecskes, I. & Papp, T. 1995. "The Linguistic Effect of Foreign Language Learning on the Development of Mother Tongue Skills" In: Haggstrom M. &  Morgan, L.Z. & Wieczorek, J.A (eds.)  The Foreign Language Classroom. Bridging Theory and Practice. New York: Garland Publishing. pp. 163-182.


  • Dueling context: A dynamic model of meaning.  Journal of Pragmatics. 2008. Vol. 40. Issue 3: 385-406.
  • Contextual Meaning and Word Meaning. Journal of Foreign Languages. (China) 2006. No.165. September 2006: 17-31.
  • On My Mind: Thoughts about Salience, Context, and Figurative Language from a Second Language Perspective. Second Language Research. 2006. Vol. 22. No. 2: 219-237.
  • A Dual Language Model to Explain Code-Switching: A Cognitive-Pragmatic Approach. Intercultural Pragmatics. Vol. 3. No. 2: 257-283.
  • Kecskes, I., Dan Davidson and Richard Brecht. 2005. The foreign language perspective. Intercultural Pragmatics. Vol. 2. No. 4: 361-369.
  • Kecskes, I. & I. Martinez Cuenca. 2005. Lexical Choice as a Reflection of Conceptual Fluency.  International Journal of Bilingualism. Vol. 9. No. 1: 49-69.
  • Lexical merging, conceptual blending, cultural crossing.  Intercultural Pragmatics. 2004. Vol. 1. No. 1: 1-26.
  • The role of salience in processing pragmatic units. Acta Linguistica Hungarica. 2004. Vol. 51. (3-4): 309-324.
  • Szavak és helyzetmondatok értelmezése egy dinamikus jelentésmodell segitségével. („Interpretation of words and situation-bound utterances in a dynamic model of meaning”) Általános Nyelvészeti Tanulmányok. Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 2003. 79-105. (in Hungarian).
  • A Cognitive-Pragmatic Approach to Situation-Bound Utterances.  Journal of Pragmatics.  2000. Vol. 32. No. 6: 605-625. 
  • Conceptual Fluency and the Use of Situation-Bound Utterances in L2.  Links & Letters.  2000. Issue 7: 143-158.
  • The State of L1 Knowledge in Foreign Language Learners.  WORD,  Journal of the International Linguistics Association. Vol. 49. No. 3. December. 1998. 321-340.
  • Second Language Acqusition Theory: How Does Russian Fit In?  Slavica XXX.  2000. 8-22.
  • "Concept Formation of Japanese ESL/EFL Students".  Second Language Reseach in Japan. 1995. Tokyo: IUJ.  Vol. 6. pp. 130-149.