Kecskes Appointed Yunshan Chair Professor

Albany, NY (July 12, 2011) - Istvan Kecskes, Educational Theory and Practice, has been appointed Yunshan Chair Professor at the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in Guangzhou.

The Yunshan Chair Professorship is a part of the Chinese Government program to bring internationally renowned scholars to China from all over the world.

The Yunshan Chair Professor is invited to be part of the University to guide and train notable younger scholars, become involved in collaborative research, provide advice on development and research focus, and promote the discipline to keep up with the latest developments in the field and enhance its academic impact nationally or internationally. This distinguished expert is selected on the basis of considerable influence in the academic discipline, a leading instructor and researcher at a high-level university, high academic scholarship and research achievements of international advanced standards in the frontier fields of the discipline, and broad recognition at home and abroad.

Kecskes was presented with this honor at an appointment ceremony attended by faculty and students of Guangdong University of Foreign Studies on June 10. During the ceremony Kecskes gave a lecture entitled, "A socio-cognitive approach to pragmatics and communication."

Kecskes became full professor in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice in 1999. Since that time, he has developed international renown in the field of pragmatics, how speakers convey meaning in specific contexts, standing among the principal leaders in this field. In more than 40 articles and proceedings, three books, two edited collections, sixteen book chapters, and prestigious editorial, speaking, and organizational roles, Dr. Kecskes has had a profound influence on research in areas related to second language learning, the relationship of language and culture, and sociocognitive approaches to linguistics in general and pragmatics specifically.

About Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS) specializes in international studies and is located in Guangzhou (known historically as Canton), the capital city of Guangdong Province in South China. It is the third largest city in China only after Beijing and Shanghai, and the largest city in Southern China.