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Professor César Félix-Brasdefer recently co-edited a volume in linguistics (with Dr. Dale Koike, University of Texas at Austin) entitled Pragmatic Variation in First and Second Language Contexts: Methodological Issues. The volume, released in September 2012 by John Benjamins (Amsterdam/Philadelphia), contains 11 chapters that discuss variation in the ways we use language for communicative purposes. This collection examines sociolinguistic and pragmatic variation among native and non-native speakers of various languages, using different theoretical frameworks and looking at various settings such as: doctor-patient interactions, computer-mediated discourse, service encounters, colloquial conversations and classroom discourse. Variation is examined according to gender, age, region, social class and contextual situation. The volume also focuses on the methods used to collect and analyze data in natural and highly controlled contexts, as well as on ethical issues in linguistics research.