Department of Pragmatics (est. 2005, head: prof. Piotr Cap) is committed to the perception of pragmatics as a functional, i.e. cognitive, social and cultural, perspective on all aspects of language and communication. Our research is regularly published by reputable international publishers, such as Oxford University Press, Bloomsbury, Elsevier Science, John Benjamins, Multilingual Matters, Palgrave Macmillan, and Mouton de Gruyter. Our members are involved in various forms of international scholarly activity, including journal (Lingua, International Review of Pragmatics, Lodz Papers in Pragmatics) and book series (Topics in Humor Research, Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture) editorships, as well as service on boards of scientific organizations (International Pragmatics Association, European Consortium in the Humanities). The Department is co-ordinator of EU research and didactic projects (e.g. the award-winning LLP DysTEFL), and organizes several conference series (New Developments in Linguistic Pragmatics, Linguistic Approaches to Funniness, Amusement and Laughter, Political Linguistics). In 2008, members of the Department launched Polish Pragmatics Association. In 2012, following our initiative, the Senate of the University of Łódź conferred the UŁ honoris causa degree on Professor John Searle (UC Berkeley), one of the greatest contemporary intellectuals and a founding father of the discipline of Pragmatics (see Polish TV documentary of John Searle’s visit to Łódź). Our members have been winners of prestigious research awards (e.g. prize of the Polish Academy of Sciences) and international fellowships (awarded by the Polish-US Fulbright Foundation, Humboldt Foundation, US Department of State, Kościuszko Foundation, Batory Foundation).