Applied Pragmatics

ORCID logoZia Tajeddin | Tarbiat Modares University
ORCID logoNaoko Taguchi | Northern Arizona University
Associate Editors
ORCID logoMinoo Alemi | IAU West Tehran Branch
ORCID logoAnne Barron | Leuphana University of Lüneburg
ORCID logoZohreh R. Eslami | Texas A&M University
Managing Editor
ORCID logoZohreh R. Eslami | Texas A&M University | appliedprag at
Applied Pragmatics aims to enhance research on acquisitional pragmatics and hence accepts studies which have strong implications for teaching, learning, and assessing L2 pragmatics, including L2 English and other languages. We encourage submissions from a wide range of topics falling within the scope of the journal. The topics can be approached from various interdisciplinary perspectives like globalization, world Englishes, teacher education, critical pedagogy, and conversation analysis.

Applied Pragmatics publishes its articles Online First.

ISSN: 2589-109X | E-ISSN: 2589-1103
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Latest articles

18 January 2024

  • A simple methodology for identifying speech act tendencies : A case study of e-mail refusals
    Tülay Dixon Daniel H. Dixon | AP 6:1 (2024) pp. 60–85
  • Sequence organization in L2 interactions : Differences in the post-expansion token okay and recipient uptake during storytelling episodes
    Víctor Garre-León | AP 6:1 (2024) pp. 31–59
  • An exploratory study of intonational variation in L1 and L2 English speakers’ pragmatic production of high imposition requests and refusals
    Maria Kostromitina | AP 6:1 (2024) pp. 1–30
  • 28 November 2023

  • Analysis of external modification devices and framing moves in request emails : The case of Chinese learners of Japanese
    Yuqing Sun | AP 6:1 (2024) p. 86
  • 14 March 2023

  • Grammar-in-Interaction and its place in assessing interactional competence
    Tim Greer | AP 5:2 (2023) pp. 202–207
  • 7 March 2023

  • Describing and assessing interactional competence in a second language : Introduction to the Special Issue
    Taiane Malabarba Emma Betz | AP 5:2 (2023) pp. 121–141
  • 2 March 2023

  • L2 interactional competence and assessment : Insights and challenges – a discussion paper
    Simona Pekarek Doehler | AP 5:2 (2023) pp. 280–288
  • 28 February 2023

  • Nobody said it was going to be easy! (Practical) considerations in assessing interactional competence in the classroom
    Anna Filipi | AP 5:2 (2023) pp. 273–279
  • The competence in little words : Response patterns in German L2 interaction
    Naoki Ikeda | AP 5:2 (2023) pp. 169–173
  • The competence in little words : Response patterns in German L2 interaction
    Sam Schirm , Budimka Uskokovic Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm | AP 5:2 (2023) pp. 142–168
  • 24 February 2023

  • Challenges of assessing interactional competence
    Joan Kelly Hall | AP 5:2 (2023) pp. 234–239
  • Testing and CA : The test makers’ perspective – a discussion paper
    Carsten Roever | AP 5:2 (2023) pp. 289–296
  • 13 February 2023

  • Assessing interactional competence in secondary schools : Action accomplishment in English as a foreign language
    Dagmar Barth-Weingarten Britta Freitag-Hild | AP 5:2 (2023) pp. 240–272
  • Assessing interactional competence : Exploring ratability challenges
    Daniel M. K. Lam , Evelina Galaczi , Fumiyo Nakatsuhara Lyn May | AP 5:2 (2023) pp. 208–233
  • 12 January 2023

  • Grammar as validity evidence for assessing L2 interactional competence : The case of requests in role-play interaction
    Soo Jung Youn | AP 5:2 (2023) pp. 174–201
  • 3 January 2023

  • The facilitative use of learner-initiated translanguaging in Japanese EFL contexts
    Seiko Harumi | AP 5:1 (2023) p. 86
  • Issues

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    Advisory Board
    ORCID logoEva Alcón-Soler | Catedràtica d'Universitat
    Andrew D. Cohen | University of Minnesota
    Gabriele Kasper | University of Hawaii at Manoa
    Virginia LoCastro | Washington DC
    Editorial Board
    Saad Mahammed Al-Gahtani | King Saud University
    Ahmad Al-Issa | American University of Sharjah
    Rémi A. van Compernolle | Carnegie Mellon University
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    Marta González-Lloret | University of Hawaii at Manoa
    ORCID logoZhu Hua | University of Birmingham
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    Shuai Li | Georgia State University
    ORCID logoThi Thuy Minh Nguyen | University of Otago
    ORCID logoMaría Elena Placencia | University of London
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    ORCID logoAriadna Sánchez-Hernández | Universidad Complutense de Madrid
    ORCID logoRachel L. Shively | Illinois State University
    Julie M. Sykes | University of Oregon
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    ORCID logoSoo Jung Youn | Daegu National University of Education
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    Current issue: 6:1, available as of February 2024

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    Submission Guidelines

    Authors wishing to submit articles for publication in Applied Pragmatics are requested to do so through the journal’s online submission and manuscript tracking site. All other enquiries should be directed towards the editors by e-mailing the journal at:
    appliedprag at

    Manuscripts submitted to Applied Pragmatics will undergo double-blind peer review and will be evaluated based on their originality, methodological rigor, significance of findings, and quality of presentation. Manuscripts submitted for consideration to the journal should not be previously published or being considered for publication elsewhere.

    All submissions to Applied Pragmatics should be written in English and prepared according to the following guidelines.


    Full-length articles reporting on empirical or theoretical research should be 7,000-10,000 words. Word limits should be adhered to closely; tables, references, notes, and appendices should be included in the word counts.


    Full-length articles should include an abstract that is 150-200 words long.


    All submissions should include four to six keywords that can be used for indexing purposes.


    All submissions should be presented in Times New Roman, 12-point font. Please include page numbers in the manuscript.

    Sections and Section Headings

    All sections should be numbered and labeled with a descriptive title. Please do not exceed three levels of headings. Section numbering should follow the pattern 1, 2 (for level one); 1.1, 1.2 (for level two); and 1.1.1, 1.1.2 (for level three).

    Tables, Figures, and Other Graphics

    In the initial submission, authors should place tables, figures, and other graphics within the paper in the desired location. However, authors should be prepared to submit original artwork files separately upon final accepted submission. All tables and figures should be numbered consecutively and include a caption that is informative and concise. All tables and figures should be introduced in the text.

    In-text references

    References in the text should follow the Name (year) format. Use et al. for three or more authors after the first mention (include all authors in the reference list). Examples:

    Smith (2005)
    Harding and Jones (2009)
    Johnson et al. (2014)
    Jones (2007, 2010)

    When both the name and the year are placed in parentheses, include a comma between the name and date; replace ‘and’ with ‘&’. When page numbers are required, follow the format year + colon + page numbers with ‘pp.’. Separate multiple references with commas. Examples:

    (Smith, 2005)
    (Smith, 2005: 56-58)
    (Smith, 2005; Harding & Jones, 2007)
    (Johnson et al., 2014, p. 43)


    Use double quotes for shorter quotations. Quotations longer than 40 words should be displayed as an indented block quote. Any quotations within the main quote should use single quotes.

    Language examples

    Language examples and linguistic items within the main text should be in italics, with bolding for further emphasis:

    Longer examples should be set apart from the main text with blank lines before and after, indented, and numbered. Examples should be referred to in the text by number (e.g., Example 1 shows that…). Italics, bold, and underlining can be used for further emphasis if needed. Examples:

    (1)       Specifically, we were interested in investigating the quantitative difference in the use of grammatical structures associated with registers over time.

    (2)       This may be explained by the presence of high fluctuations in the 1 min. data.


    In order to maintain anonymity, acknowledgements, if any, should not be included in the initial submission. Authors of accepted papers may include a brief acknowledgements section in the final submission. This should be an unnumbered section immediately following the conclusion.


    Use endnotes rather than footnotes. These should be numbered consecutively throughout the paper and included as an unnumbered section following the conclusion or acknowledgements section.

    Reference list

    The full reference list should follow guidelines provided by the American Psychological Association (7th edition), except for one point: for multi-author works, list up to seven authors at first mention in in-text citation and on the reference list. Also, add DOI for all journal articles. A few examples follow; please consult the APA manual for full details.


    Blum-Kulka, S., House, J., & Kasper, G. (1989). Cross-cultural pragmatics: Requests and apologies. Ablex.

    Leech, G. (2004). Meaning and the English verb (3rd ed.). Routledge.

    Journal Articles

    Matthiessen, C. (2015). Register in the round: Registerial cartography. Functional Linguistics, 2(9), 1–48.

    Nelson, G. L., Carson, J., Batal, M. A., & Bakary, W. E. (2002). Cross-cultural pragmatics: Strategy use in Egyptian Arabic and American English refusals. Applied Linguistics, 23(2), 163–189.

    Book Chapters

    Bialystok, E. (1993). Symbolic representation and attentional control in pragmatic competence. In G. Kasper & S. Blum-Kulka (Eds.), Interlanguage pragmatics (pp. 43-58). Oxford University Press.


    One or more appendix sections may be included after the references section.

    Copyright permission

    It is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission to reproduce any material that has been previously published.



    Applied Pragmatics offers  online submission .

    Before submitting, please consult the  guidelines  and the  Short Guide to EM for Authors .

    If you are not able to submit online, or for any other editorial correspondence, please contact the editors via e-mail: appliedprag at

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    Main BIC Subject

    CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

    Main BISAC Subject

    LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics