LDP 2017 brings together great minds to transact knowledge and to give fascinating insights into past and current practices in the areas of language,discourse,and pragmatics. The attendants will hopefully have excellent opportunities to meet colleagues from around different parts of the world. LDP2015 has been a collective enterprise in which many people have made an imprint,and I remain indebted to all of them. I would like to extend my deepest appreciation and gratitude to all the organizations and individuals for their support in making this conference a reality. My special thanks go to all of you—both participants and contributors—hoping that you will enjoy the event and share your own experiences. Finally,my appreciation goes to the organizing committee for their helping hands that have seen me through all the developing stages of the conference and for their commitment in making this conference a success.
Conference Chair: Prof. Alireza Jalilifar