Hungarian Research Centre for Pragmatics
At the initiative of Enikő Németh T. (University of Szeged) and Szilárd Tátrai (Eötvös Loránd University) the Department of General Linguistics of the Hungarian Society of Linguistics in close cooperation with the Department of Hungarian Language of the same institute organized a round-table conference with the title Research into Pragmatics Conducted in Hungary on 15 May 2012 at Library of the Institute of Hungarian Linguistics of the Faculty of Humanities, Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, Múzeum krt. 4/A, 2. em.). The following scientists had been asked to give a presentation: József Andor (University of Pécs), Alexa Bódog (University of Debrecen), Nóra Csontos (Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church), Beáta Gyuris (Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Lívia Ivaskó (University of Szeged), Attila László Nemesi (Pázmány Péter Catholic University), Enikő Németh T. (University of Szeged), Katalin Szili (Eötvös Loránd University) and Szilárd Tátrai (Eötvös Loránd University). The aim of the discussion was to provide an opportunity for Hungarian researchers investigating pragmatics to be able to talk about their approaches to pragmatics, their findings and their concepts about the future of Hungarian research into pragmatics in front of a wider academic audience. The long-term aim of the discussion was to initiate tighter cooperation between the scientists dealing with pragmatics at various Hungarian research centres and universities. Following the short presentations given by the above-named participants, there was an open forum to discuss the issues having been mentioned by the researchers. During the open discussion, participants expressed their demand for the establishment of a series of round-table conferences taking place in the future in order to provide opportunities for any linguists or individuals showing an interest in the field of pragmatics. These round-table conferences would include lectures, debates, round-table discussions, book launch events, reports on conferences, conferences and so on. Furthermore, the participants also found it crucial to set up a professional community dealing with pragmatics.