Utrecht Studies in Language and Communication publishes monographs and edited volumes focusing on communication and language use in specific social and cultural settings, expressly including the pragmatics of multilingualism, investigating the relation between discourse characteristics and the effectivity of the communication.
Research published by the series may draws upon such diverse disciplines as text linguistics, discourse analysis, ethnography of communication, speech act theory, functional pragmatics, cognitive linguistics, translation and interpreting studies, educational linguistics, cognitive psychology, computational linguistics, and anthropology, expressly including multi- and inter-disciplinary work among these and other disciplines.
Volumes published in the series thus far report developments in theoretical and applied research on:
- the functional quality of texts and text features in view of the specific goals and the addressees of professional and educational institutions;
- the relationship between discourse, identity and context in specific and changing social and cultural settings, including different modes of multilingual and multicultural interactions (e.g. lingua franca, lingua receptiva and code-switching);
- the acquisition of second, third and foreign languages in educational settings, with particular attention to pragmatics in multilingual contexts;
- the cognitive basis of discourse processing in changing contexts, and the skills underlying goal-directed language use in familiar as well as novel situations.