Research in Pragmatics

A Journal of the Nigerian Pragmatics Association (NPrA)


Call for Papers

Research in Pragmatics

The editorial team of Research in Pragmatics, an international journal of the Pragmatics Association of Nigeria (PrAN), invites well researched articles (theoretical and empirical) on any aspect of pragmatics (broadly defined by NPrA as a “multidisciplinary study of the interface between discourses and their multifarious contexts”) for publication in the first (and subsequent) volume(s) of the journal. Kindly refer to the scope of the journal on this page.

The journal is interested in scholarly articles that give insights into and highlight new and emergent interpretations of linguistic practices in real world and mediated contexts. Review articles are also welcome. The language of the journal is English. Data in other languages should be adequately translated into the English Language. Kindly consult our “Guide for Authors” below for instructions on how to prepare your manuscript before submission.

Individuals who wish to submit papers to Research in Pragmatics may or may not be members of either the Pragmatics Association of Nigeria (PrAN) or the International Pragmatics Association (IPrA), but are strongly encouraged to join any of them or any other Pragmatics Association in the global spread for maximal professional benefits. The procedure to become a member of PrAN can be found here.

To submit your article, please click here

Further enquiries relating to paper submission should be directed to the editor via e-mail:

About the Journal

Research in Pragmatics is the official journal of the Pragmatics Association of Nigeria (PrAN). The Journal publishes original research articles in pragmatics, broadly defined as a multidisciplinary study of the interface between discourses and their multifarious contexts. In more specific terms, it is interested in articles in linguistic and discourse pragmatics, including specialised areas such as cognitive pragmatics, medical discourse, corpus pragmatics, multimodal pragmatics, sociopragmatics, historical pragmatics etc. Research in Pragmatics also encourages studies that explore the relationship between pragmatics and neighbouring research areas like semantics, discourse analysis, conversational analysis, interactional sociolinguistics, media and communication studies among others. Contributions that deal with theoretical issues, case studies and essays that demonstrate new knowledge and advanced methods in cutting-edge research on contemporary social issues are equally highly encouraged.

In addition to full-length articles, Research in Pragmatics welcomes book reviews and high-quality discussion notes. Proposals for special issues in all areas of pragmatics, which will make a significant contribution to topical or developing areas of linguistic research are also encouraged.

The Journal publishes twice a year (i.e. June and December).

Editorial Board

Innocent Chiluwa                    Editor-in-Chief                    Covenant University

A. Adetunji                                Editor                                   Emmanuel Alayande College of Education

A. Adedimeji                          Review Editor                        University of Ilorin

Ayo Osisanwo                        Sub-Editor I                           University of Ibadan

Foluke Unuabonah               Managing Editor                   Redeemers University

Moses Aremu                        Editorial Assistant               College of Education, Lanlate

Tosin Adeyemi                      Editorial Assistant                 University of Ibadan

Advisory Board

Jacob Mey                                 University of Southern Denmark, Odense

Hartmut Haberland            Roskilde University, Denmark.

Anita Fetzer                          Augsburg University, Germany

Elaine Vine                            Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealamd

Christian Mair                      University of Freiburg, Germany

Kofi Agyekum                       University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana

Wale Adegbite                      Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, Nigeria

Albert Oyeleye                      University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Charles Ogbulogo                Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria

Dele Adeyanju                      University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Rotimi Taiwo                        Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, Nigeria

Stella Ekpe                            University of Calabar, Nigeria

Tunde Opeibi                        University of Lagos, Nigeria

Guide for Authors

Contributions to Research in Pragmatics should be in English.  If you are not a native speaker of English, it is advisable to have your text checked by an expert in English or a native speaker before submission.  Spelling in articles should consistently be either British English or American English. All pages should be numbered throughout.

Manuscripts should be about 6,000-10,000 words long (including abstract and references). Abstracts should consist of 100- 150 words. Key words should be up to  6 words.


Please use ample margins and 1.5 line spacing. Suggested font setting for main text is Times New Roman 12 point. For tables and footnotes: Times Roman 10 pts.

Do not use running heads. Titles should not be too long. Please do not format your article or use any complex style conventions.


This journal uses the APA Referencing Style

References in the text:  These should be as precise as possible, giving page references where necessary; for example (Görlach 2003, p.152-154) or: “as in Brown et al. (1991, p. 252).” All references in the text should be matched by items in the references section.

References section: References should be listed first alphabetically and then chronologically. The section should include only references that are actually mentioned in the text.

A note on capitalization in titles. In titles and subtitles, capitalise the first and last words, and all other major words (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and complex prepositions). Do not capitalise: articles; simple prepositions ; the conjunctions and, but, for, or, norto as part of an infinitive; as in any grammatical function; parts of proper names that would be lower case in normal text; the second part of a species name.



Görlach, M. (2003) English Words Abroad. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Spear, N. E., & R. R. Miller (eds). (1981) Information Processing in Animals: Memory Mechanisms. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Article in Book

Adams, C. A., & Dickinson, A. (1981) “Actions and Habits: Variation in Associative Representation during Instrumental Learning.” In: Norman E. S. and R. Miller (eds.) Information Processing in Animals: Memory p.143–186. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Article in Journal

Claes, J. & Luis A. L. (2011) “Pragmatic and Social Restrictions in the Expression of the Future in Puerto Rican Spanish.” Spanish in Context 8, 50–72.

Chiluwa, I. (2015) “War against our Children: Stance and Evaluation in #BringBackOurGirls Campaign Discourse on Twitter and Facebook.” Discourse & Society, 26(3), 267-296.


Contributions to Research in Pragmatics should not bear the names of or identifying information about authors. A title page that includes names, phone numbers, email address, institutional affiliations and bio-note of authors should be submitted as a separate document. A biographical note should not exceed 100 words.

Please indicate in your letter to the editor that your submission is an original article not previously submitted to another journal or is being considered for publication in another journal.

Manuscript and title page should be submitted through the link below. Further enquiries should be directed to: Manuscripts go through rigorous blind peer-reviews within 3 months of submission. Accepted manuscripts are published as quickly as possible.


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