Kecskes Delivers Distinguished Professor Lecture

Albany, NY (March 21, 2017) - In spring 2015, Dr. Istvan Kecskes, of the Department of Educational Theory and Practice, was awarded the rank of Distinguished Professor by the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees.

In celebration of Dr. Kecskes’s promotion to Distinguished Professor, the School of Education will host a public event on April 5 at 2pm in the D'Ambra Auditorium in the Life Sciences Building. Dr. Kecskes will deliver a talk entitled, Is intercultural communication changing the way we think about language?, which will be immediately followed by a reception in the lobby outside the Auditorium.

Dr. Kecskes is an internationally renowned scholar in the field of pragmatics, how speakers convey meaning in specific contexts, standing among the principal leaders in this field.

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A Brief Bio

ISTVAN KECSKES is Distinguished Professor of the State University of New York, USA. He teaches graduate courses in pragmatics, second language acquisition and bilingualism at University at Albany (SUNY). Professor Kecskes is the President of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA) and the CASLAR (Chinese as a Second Language Research) Association. He is the founder and co-director of the Barcelona Summer School on Bi- and Multilingualism, and the founder and co-director of Sorbonne, Paris – University at Albany (SUNY) Graduate Student Symposium.

His book “Foreign language and mother tongue” co-authored by Tunde Papp and published by Erlbaum in 2000 was the first book that described the effect of the second language on the first language based on a longitudinal research. Dr. Kecskes’ book “Intercultural Pragmatics” published by Oxford University Press in 2013 is considered a groundbreaking monograph that shapes research in the field. His latest book is “Explorations in Chinese as a Second Language” published by Springer in 2017. Currently he is working on a new book titled “English as a Lingua Franca: The pragmatic perspective” to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.

Dr. Kecskes is the founding editor of the linguistics journal Intercultural Pragmatics and the Mouton Series in Pragmatics published by Mouton de Gruyter: Berlin/New York, as well as the bilingual (Chinese-English) journal CASLAR (Chinese as a Second Language Research) published by Mouton and the co-founding editor of “Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict” published by John Benjamins: Amsterdam/Philadelphia (co-founder Pilar Garces Blitvich). He sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Pragmatics (Elsevier), Pragmatics & Society (Benjamins), Lingua (Elsevier), International Journal of Multilingualism (Taylor & Francis), Language & Dialogue (Benjamins), Lodz Papers in Pragmatics (De Gruyter), Corpus Pragmatics (Springer), International Journal of Language and Culture (Benjamins), the Journal of East Asian Pragmatics (Equinox), BELLS Belgrade English Language and Literature Studies, Vestnik (Linguistika) Universitat Druzba Narodov, Moscow (ВЕСТНИК Российского университета дружбы народов. ЛИНГВИСТИКА), the Journal of Foreign Languages (Waiguoyu) and the journal Xiandai Waiyu published in China. Dr. Kecskes is also on the editorial board of four book series: Pragmatics, Philosophy and Psychology (Springer), Series in Pragmatics (Cambridge Scholarly Publishing), Pragmatic Interfaces (Equinox), and Studies in General Linguistics (Hungarian Academy of Sciences).

Dr. Kecskes received a Senior Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation in the Rockefeller Research Center in Bellagio, Italy in 2004, a Senior Fellowship from the Mitteleuropa Foundation, Bolzano, Italy in 2005, a Honorary Professorship from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou in 2009, a Yunshan Chair Professorship from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China in 2011, a Distinguished Visiting Professorship from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia in 2013 and from the University of Messina in 2017. He was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Excellence in Research Award of State University of New York in 2014.