Cesar Felix-Brasdefer

Cesar Felix-Brasdefer

Professor, Hispanic Linguistics and Pragmatics & Discourse

Adjunct Associate Professor, Second Language Studies


  • Ph.D. 2002, Hispanic Linguistics, University of Minnesota
  • M.S. 1998, Spanish Linguistics, Georgetown University
  • M.A. 1996, Hispanic Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • B.A. 1992, Universidad Autónoma de Tlaxcala, México

Research interests

My research looks at issues of pragmatics and discourse analysis in first and second language contexts. I adopt a pragmatic-discursive perspective to analyze language use in social interaction. I have conducted research on various aspects of second language pragmatics such as pragmatic development, pragmatic transfer, language proficiency, assessment, and instruction. I am interested in pragmatic development in study abroad contexts as well as in immigrant contexts, such as heritage language learning. I also examine intercultural communicative competence in foreign language classrooms and study abroad programs. From a pragmatic variation perspective, I examine intra-lingual variation in different regions of the United States, Mexico, Spain, and Central America. In particular, I investigate the language of service encounters in cross-cultural and intercultural settings. I employ different research methodologies, such as the ethnographic method and a variety of experimental methods, to examine pragmatic phenomena in formal and non-formal contexts.

Representative publications

Interlanguage refusals: Linguistic politeness and length of residence in the target community (2004)
J César Félix‐Brasdefer
Language learning, 54 (4), 587-653

Pragmatic development in the Spanish as a FL classroom: A cross-sectional study of learner requests (2007)
J César Félix-Brasdefer
Intercultural pragmatics, 4 (2), 253-286

Data collection methods in speech act performance (2010)
J César Félix-Brasdefer
Speech act performance: Theoretical, empirical and methodological issues, 26 41

Declining an invitation: A cross-cultural study of pragmatic strategies in American English and Latin American Spanish (2003)
J César Félix-Brasdefer
Multilingua, 22 (3), 225-256

Linguistic politeness in Mexico: Refusal strategies among male speakers of Mexican Spanish (2006)
J César Félix-Brasdefer
Journal of Pragmatics, 38 (12), 2158-2187

Politeness in Mexico and the United States: A contrastive study of the realization and perception of refusals (2008)
J César Félix-Brasdefer
John Benjamins Publishing. 171

Indirectness and politeness in Mexican requests (2005)
J César Félix-Brasdefer
Selected proceedings of the 7th Hispanic linguistics symposium, 6678

The language of service encounters (2015)
J César Félix-Brasdefer
Cambridge University Press.

Perceptions of refusals to invitations: Exploring the minds of foreign language learners (2008)
J César Félix-Brasdefer
Language awareness, 17 (3), 195-211

Pragmatics & Language Learning (2016)
J César Félix-Brasdefer and Kathleen Bardovi Harlig
National Foreign Language Resource Center, University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

Natural speech vs. elicited data: A comparison of natural and role play requests in Mexican Spanish (2007)
J César Félix-Brasdefer
Spanish in Context, 4 (2), 159-185

La mitigación en el discurso oral de mexicanos y aprendices de español como lengua extranjera (2004)
J César Félix-Brasdefer
Ariel. 285-302

Validity in data collection methods in pragmatics research (2003)
J César Félix-Brasdefer
Theory, Practice, and Acquisition. Papers from the 6th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium and the 5th Conference on the Acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese, 239-257

Teaching pragmatics in the foreign language classroom: Grammar as a communicative resource (2012)
J César Félix-Brasdefer and Andrew D Cohen
Hispania, 650-669

Pragmatic variation across Spanish (es): Requesting in Mexican, Costa Rican and Dominican Spanish (2009)
J César Félix-Brasdefer
Intercultural pragmatics, 6 (4), 473-515