to sponsor student bursaries to present papers at the International Pragmatics Conferences
to take a variety of initiatives to make expertise in pragmatics available across the globe
to present a (non-monetary) John J. Gumperz life-time achievement award on the occasion of the International Pragmatics Conferences
During the 2017 conference in Belfast, four students were fully sponsored and two others received encouragement awards for the best student paper and the best student poster. For the 2019 conference in Hong Kong, the number of fully sponsored students went up to five, and we're aiming for ten on future occasions.
The first John J. Gumperz Life-Time Achievement Award went to Sandra Thompson (University of California, Santa Barbara) in 2017. The 2019 awardee was Elizabeth Traugott (Stanford University).