Jef Verschueren is emeritus professor of Linguistics at the University of Antwerp.

He received a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley. He worked as a researcher for the Flemish Fund for Scientific Research before taking up his professorship at the University of Antwerp, where he served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts from 2001 to 2009. Visiting teaching and research tasks took him to Alicante, Barcelona, Berkeley, Brisbane, Budapest, Dalian, Düsseldorf, Gandhinagar, Helsinki, Kaunas, Ljubljana, Madrid, Melbourne, Nanjing, Novosibirsk, Paris, San Diego, Trieste, Tromsø, Zadar, and Zaragoza.

He was elected as an External Member of the Societas Scientiarum Fennica in 2010 and as a member of the Academia Europaea in 2017. He is the founder and Secretary General of the International Pragmatics Association (IPrA; He also serves as Overseas Honorary Advisory Member of the China Pragmatics Association, the Pragmatics Association of Japan, and the Nigerian Pragmatics Association.

Main interests are theory formation in linguistic pragmatics (conceived broadly as a cognitive, social, and cultural perspective on language and language use), intercultural and international communication, and language and ideology.

For a full list of publications, click the ‘Publications’ tab above.


Complicity in Discourse and Practice:

Dutch version: Medeplichtig: Strijden om betekenis


Understanding Pragmatics: in open access at

Debating Diversity: in open access at and still available from the publisher at

Ideology in Language Use: (free access to intro & Ch1 at, and to Ch3 at


Handbook of Pragmatics: (latest installment:

Handbook of Pragmatics Highlights:

Bibliography of Pragmatics online: open access community product at