István Kecskés is Distingushed Professor of Linguistics and Education at State University of New York, Albany (USA). He is the President of the American Pragmatics Association and Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Intercultural Pragmatics (De Gruyter). He is also Editor-in-Chief of Chinese as a Second Language Research (De Gruyter) and the Mouton Series in Pragmatics. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict (Benjamins).
His research interest range from second language acquisition and bi- and multilingualism to formulaic language in L1 and L2, from interculturality to the socio-cognitive approach to pragmatics.
His pioneering research in intercultural pragmatics and communication has offered ground-breaking insight into the ways in which communication really works. He has published extensively in internationally renowned journals as well as authored and edited successful books (Intercultural Pragmatics, Oxford University Press, 2013; English as a Lingua Franca: The pragmatic perspective, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019; The Cambridge Handbook of Intercultural Pragmatics, Cambridge University Press, 2022; Common Ground in First Language and Intercultural Interaction, De Gruyter Mouton, 2023, to name but a few).