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Charlotte van der Voort

Lecturer-PhD candidate

C. van der Voort MA
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Charlotte van der Voort is a lecturer and PhD candidate at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics. Her research interests revolve around the interface between ancient and modern rhetoric, argumentation theory and philosophy (of language).

More information about Charlotte van der Voort

Fields of interest

  • Ancient and modern rhetorical theory
  • Argumentation theory
  • Implicit communication strategies
  • Ancient Greek philosophy


My PhD research project focuses on the different ways in which speakers (can) make use of strategically ambiguous implicit communication in argumentative discourses. In this research, I combine insights from ancient rhetoric on figured discourse ('oratio figurata') with modern pragmatic theories on accountability-avoiding phenomena like insinuation, dog-whistles and other forms of coded communication in order to collect actual examples and analyze the different argumentative forms and functions these implicit communication strategies can have.

Grants and awards

  • First Prize Leiden University Thesis Awards 2024
  • OIKOS Thesis Award 2024
  • First Prize Leiden University Thesis Awards 2022

Curriculum vitae

2023-present PhD-candidate at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics.
2020-2023 ResMA Classics and Ancient Civilizations at Leiden University. Master’s thesis: Speaking Silences: Silence Substituting Speech in the Later Platonic Tradition.
2020-2021 MA Dutch: Discourse Studies at Leiden University. Master’s thesis: Dilemmatische argumentatie: een pragma-dialectische reconstructie van dilemmatische argumentatie en een analyse van hun strategische functie.
2015-2019 BA Greek and Latin Language and Culture at Leiden University.


Lecturer-PhD candidate

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics
  • LUCL promovendus

Work address

Reuvensplaats 3-4
2311 BE Leiden
Room number 0.79


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