István Kecskés (linguist)

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István Kecskés or Istvan Kecskes is a Professor of Linguistics and Education at the University of New York at Albany. He teaches and writes on pragmatics, second language acquisition, and bilingualism. In Foreign Language and Mother Tongue, which he co-wrote with a relative, Tünde Papp, Kecskés claims that second language learning has a beneficial effect on the use of the mother tongue. The book presents data garnered through a longitudinal study on the effects of foreign language learning.

Kecskés has written and co-edited five books as well as articles published in the Journal of Pragmatics, Pragmatics & Cognition, International Journal of Bilingualism, Slavica, Second Language Research, International Journal of Multilingualism, WORD and elsewhere, as well as in Intercultural Pragmatics, which he edits.[1]

In 2004, Kecskés became the founding editor of Intercultural Pragmatics and the Mouton Series in Pragmatics published by Mouton de Gruyter. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Pragmatics,[2] Pragmatics & Society,[3] the International Journal of Multilingualism,[4] and the Journal of Foreign Languages. He was the guest editor of a special issue of the International Journal of Bilingualism on cognitive approaches to bilingualism.

Selected publications[edit]

Intercultural Pragmatics, Oxford, OUP, 2013 (ISBN 978-0-19-989265-5 )

  • (with Tünde Papp) Foreign Language and Mother Tongue (2000) ISBN 0-8058-2759-5
  • "Dueling context: A dynamic model of meaning". Journal of Pragmatics 40.3 (2008): 385-406.
  • "On the dynamic relations between common ground and presupposition" (with F. Zhang), in A. Capone, F. Lo Piparo, M. Carapezza, eds. Perspectives on linguistic pragmatics, Cham, Springer, 2013, 375-396. ISBN 978 3 319 01013 7*
  • "How can intercultural pragmatics bring in some new insight into pragmatics theories?" in A. Capone, Jacob L. Mey, eds. Interdisciplinary studies in pragmatics, culture and Society, Heidelberg, Springer, 2014.


  1. ^ Faculty listing, SUNY Albany
  2. ^ Editorial board, Mouton de Gruyter
  3. ^ Editorial board, John Benjamins
  4. ^ Editorial board at Taylor & Francis

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