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IPrA Handbook of Pragmatics
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Edited by Jan-Ola Östman(Helsinki)& Jef Verschueren(Antwerp)

(earlier co-editors:Jan Blommaert(Antwerp/Ghent, now Tilburg),Chris Bulcaen(Antwerp/Ghent)
earlier editorial assistant:Eline Versluys)

The IPrA Handbook of Pragmatics (HoP) is intended to be one of the major tools of the International Pragmatics Association to achieve its goals (i) of disseminating knowledge about pragmatic aspects of language; (ii) of stimulating various fields of application by making this knowledge accessible to an interdisciplinary community of scholars approaching the same general subject area from different points of view and with different methodologies; (iii) of finding, in the process, a significant degree of theoretical coherence. In preparation of the Handbook, in the 1980s a number of IPrA Working Documents were produced, which you can download from this page (see below).

The Handbook is published by John Benjamins Publishing Company (Amsterdam/Philadelphia), who have agreed to make the online version available at the reduced subscription rate of € 30 exclusively for IPrA members for personal use. Members can make use of this offer by filling in the special offer form below and returning it to the publisher.

For more information on the Handbook, go to the John Benjamins website.

While annual updating continues (for the latest installment see, also a 10-volume paperback series of thematically grouped Handbook of Pragmatics Highlights has become available.

More on the Handbook

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Working document 1 (Part 1) PDF (18.98 MB) Administration 23/01/2018
Working document 1 (Part 2) PDF (12.86 MB) Administration 23/01/2018
Working document 2 PDF (13.1 MB) Administration 23/01/2018
Working document 3 PDF (24.96 MB) Administration 23/01/2018
SPECIAL OFFER for IPrA members PDF (93.1 KB) Administration 11/10/2019