The Utrecht Studies in Language and Communication publishes monographs as well as edited volumes on research on communication and language use. The series focuses on 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 draws upon a cooperation between such diverse disciplines as text linguistics, discourse analysis, ethnography of communication, speech act theory, functional pragmatics, cognitive linguistics, educational linguistics, cognitive psychology and anthropology.
Published volumes report developments in academic 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 or code-switching)
• the acquisition of second, third and foreign languages in educational settings, specifically paying attention to the pragmatics in a multilingual society
• the cognitive basis of discourse processing in continuously changing contexts, and the skills underlying goal-directed language use in familiar as well as novel situations