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o. Univ. Prof. em. Dr. habil. Barbara Kryk-Kastovsky


Born 07. 10. 1949 in Miedzyzdroje (Poland); married to Prof. Dr. Dieter Kastovsky, University of Vienna.
Studied English and general linguistics in Poznań, Poland (1967/72) and SUNY, Stony Brook, USA (1977/78). She was Senior Fulbright Scholar at Stanford, Ca, USA. She received her MA in 1967 (The dative case in For whom the bell tolls) and her PhD in 1979 (Factive verbs in English and Polish). She was assistant and adjunct professor at School of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań (1972/77). After completing her habilitation (On deixis in English and Polish. The role of demonstrative pronouns) in 1987, she was associate professor and then full professor. From 1987 till 1990 she was Dean of Studies at the Faculty of Modern Languages, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań. Since 1989 she has also been teaching at University of Vienna. She retired from her position in Poznań in 2007.


WS 2017/18 Seminar "Issues in Socio-Pragmatics" - Bibliography

Issues in Socio-Pragmatics (SE WS 2017/18) Bibliography  (pdf)


Research Interests

Pragmatics (synchronic and diachronic), discourse analysis, text linguistics, philosophy of language, legal language, intercultural communication.

Current Project

Intercultural miscommunication. Cambridge University Press.

Selected Publications

  • 1987: On deixis in English and Polish: The role of demonstrative pronouns. Frankfurt/Main: Lang.
  • 1990: "Deixis - a pragmatic universal?", in: Bechert, Johannes - Giulliano Bernini - Claude Buridant (eds.), Toward a typology of European languages. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 49-61.
  • 1992: "The pragmatics of interjections: the case of Polish no", Journal of Pragmatics 18/1: 123-137.
  • 1994. "On tables, dogs, and politicians: towards a pragmatic interpretation of discourse", Vienna English Working Papers (VIEWS) 3/1: 19-30.
  • 1995a: "Demonstratives in Early Modern English letters", in: Jucker, Andreas (ed.), Historical pragmatics. Pragmatic developments in the history of English. Amsterdam - Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 329-344.
  • 1995b: "On the universality of reference", in: Geiger, Richard A. (ed.), Reference in multidisciplinary perspective. Philosophical object, cognitive subject, intersubjective process. Hildesheim: Georg Olms, 613-625.
  • 1996: "The linguistic, cognitive and cultural variables of the conceptualization of space", in: Pütz, Martin - René Dirven (eds.). The construal of space in language and thought. Cognitive Linguistics Research 8. Berlin - New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 329-344.
  • 1997a: "Surprise, surprise: the iconicity-conventionality scale of emotions" in: Niemeier, Susanne & René Dirven (eds), The language of emotions. Conceptualization, expression and theoretical foundation. Amsterdam: J. Benjamins, 155-169.
  • 1997b: "From temporal adverbs to discourse particles: an instance of cross-linguistic grammaticalization?", in: Nevalainen, Terttu & Lenna Kahlas-Tarkka (eds), To explain the present. Studies in the changing English language in honour of Matti Rissanen. Helsinki: Société Néophilologique, 319-328.
  • 1998: "Pragmatic particles in Early Modern English court trials", in: Borgmeier, Raimund, Herbert Grabes & Andreas Jucker (eds.), Anglistentag 1997. Giessen. Proceedings. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 47-56.
  • 1999: "Norm vs. use: on gender in Polish", in: Unterbeck, Barbara and Matti Rissanen (eds), Gender in grammar and cognition. Part 2: Manifestations of gender. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 729-747.
  • 2000a: "Representations of orality in Early Modern English trial records". Journal of Historical Pragmatics 1/2: 201-230.
  • 2000b: "Diminutives: an interface of word formation, semantics and pragmatics", in: Dalton-Puffer, Christiane and  Nikolaus Ritt (eds.). Words: form, meaning and function. Festschrift for Dieter Kastovsky on the occasion of his 60th Birthday. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 165-174.
  • 2002: Synchronic and diachronic investigations in pragmatics. Poznañ: Motivex.
  • 2006a: "Law and language: Legal pragmatics", in: Brown, Keith (ed.). Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd ed. Oxford: Elsevier, 13-20.
  • 2006b: "Impoliteness in Early Modern English court trial discourse", in: Kryk-Kastovsky, Barbara (ed.). Historical Courtroom Discourse. Special issue of Journal of Historical Pragmatics 7.2. 213-245.
  • 2006c: Barbara Kryk-Kastovsky (ed.). Historical Courtroom Discourse. Special issues of Journal of Historical Pragmatics 7.2. and 8.1. (3 articles).
  • 2006d: Barbara Kryk-Kastovsky and Dieter Kastovsky. "Anything you can do, I can do better. On the semantics-pragmatics interface", in: Dziubalska-Kołaczyk, Katarzyna (ed.). A Festschrift for Professor Jacek Fisiak on the Occasion of His 70th Birthday by His IFAtuated staff from the School of English, AMU Poznań.  Poznań: Wydawnictowo Naukowe UAM, 453-469.
  • 2008: Dieter Kastovsky and Barbara Kryk-Kastovsky. "Crimes and misdemeanours: legal terminology vs. lexical semantics and the role of pragmatics", in: Thormalen, Marianne (ed.). English Now. Selected Papers from the 20th IAUPE Conference in Lund 2007.  Lund: Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University. 277-291.
  • 2009a: "Speech acts in Early Modern English court trials". Journal of Pragmatics 41: 440-457.
  • 2009b: “How bad is “bad data”? In search for the features of orality in Early Modern English legal texts”. Current issues in unity and diversity of languages. Collection of papers selected from the CIL 18, held at Korea University in Seoul on July 21-26, 2008. Seoul: The Linguistic Society of Korea.

She has organised pragmatic sections and panels at several conferences:  European Society for the Study of English (ESSE), Debrecen 1997, Organization in Discourse (OID), Turku 2002, Poznań Linguistic Meeting (PLM), Poznań 2000 and 2003, International Pragmatic Association Conference (IPrA), Toronto 2003, International Pragmatics Association Conference (IPrA), Melbourne 2009.


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