Dr. M. (Maarten) van Leeuwen

Position:
  • Lecturer
Expertise:
  • Stylistics
  • Discourse analysis
  • Modern rhetoric
  • Cognitive linguistics


Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2073
E-Mail: m.van.leeuwen@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 1.06a


Research

My research focuses on stylistic analysis of (political) discourse. Starting point for my research is the insight that language is never neutral: linguistic choices generate rhetorical effects. It makes, for instance, a difference whether people who oppose a political leader are characterized as freedom fighters or as rebels, or whether the European Union is described as a family or as a bottomless pit. In my research, I investigate stylistic choices and their rhetorical consequences in the domain of politics, by applying insights from stylistics, discourse analysis, rhetoric  and cognitive linguistics.  

Teaching activities

My teaching is on stylistics, discourse analysis, rhetoric and argumentation.

Curriculum vitae

Since 2012:
Lecturer, Leiden University College The Hague


Since 2008:
Lecturer Dutch Discourse Studies, Dept. of Dutch Linguistics and Culture

2007-2012:
PhD candidate in the NWO research project 'Stylisitcs of Dutch'

Fall 2009:
Visiting scholar, Linguistics Department University of California, Berkeley.

2006-2007:
Course developer, Taalcentrum-VU.

2003-2008:
Lecturer at Academic Language Centre, Leiden University.
Courses ‘Dutch as a second language’ (levels A1-B2 in terms of the Common European Framework of References).

Organizing activities

Honors and awards

Scholarships for a four-month stay at Linguistics Department of University of Berkeley, California (2009):

  • Fulbright Scholarship
  • Scholarship Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
  • Scholarship Robert Fruinfund
  • Scholarship Leiden University Fund (LUF)

Last Modified: 11-12-2015