Dr. H. (Henrike) Jansen

  • Lecturer
  • Argumentation theory
  • Classical and modern rhetoric
  • Pragmatics
  • Legal argumentation

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2131
E-Mail: h.jansen@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics, LUCL Nederlands
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
P.N. van Eyckhof 1
2311 BV Leiden
Room number 2.04a


My main interest and competence concern the micro-phenomena of argumentation and rhetoric, c.q. the analytic reconstruction and classification of types of argument, and the effects of micro-variation in phrasing. After having completed my PhD on a normative theoretical approach of an argument type typically used in the legal field (e contrario argumentation), I have broadened my perspective to argumentation in all kinds of domains and to the combination of argumentation theoretical insights with those of classical and modern rhetoric, and pragmatics. I have published on various topics such as implicit premises, Gricean insights and norms of argumentation, fallacies in classical rhetoric, anecdotal arguments, and reductio ad absurdum arguments. Recently, I have become interested in modern uses of the classical eikos argument, in particular in the ways these are formulated, in how to assess them, and in their potential rhetorical force.

Teaching activities

My teaching is on Argumentation theory and Rhetoric. See for course descriptions: http://www.studiegids.leidenuniv.nl/

Curriculum Vitae




PhD in argumentation theory (Rewarded with the ASCA Dissertation Award 2004)
MA Dutch Linguistics and Literature, University of Amsterdam (Cum Laude)
Propaedeutic degree in Law
Since 2000
1995 – 2003
1995 – 2000

Lecturer, Dept. of Dutch Linguistics and Culture, Leiden University
Lecturer writing skills for trainees in legal professions
PhD student (‘bursaal’), University of Amsterdam
Supervisory tasks  
Since 2011

Since 2011


Co-supervisor of PhD-project ‘Politeness strategies in Dutch and Indonesian: A contrastive study.’ Performer: Maaike van Naerssen, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics
Acting chair of Dutch Discourse Studies
Co-promotor of Tseronis, A.: Qualifying standpoints. Stance adverbs as a presentational device for managing the burden of proof. (Dissertation Leiden University) Defense date 28 October 2009
Acting chair of Dutch Discourse Studies
Editorial activities  
Since 2011

Since 2011

Member of the editorial board of Topoi: An International Review of Philosophy
Editorial manager and editor book reviews of Tijdschrift voor Taalbeheersing
Other academic activities  

Since 2009

Since 2009

Member of the board of the Vereniging voor Interuniversitair Overleg Taalbeheersing (VIOT) (secretary from 2008-2011)
Member of the PhD Selection Committee of the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics
Member of the Opleidingscommissie (Educational Review Committee) of the Research Master Linguistics, Leiden University
Chair of the Opleidingscommissie (Educational Review Committee) of the Dept. of Dutch Linguistics and Culture, Leiden University

Last Modified: 11-12-2015