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Lettie Dorst

Associate professor

Dr. A.G. Dorst
+31 71 527 3026

Lettie Dorst is an associate professor at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics. She teaches a range of different courses in the Minor Translation and the MA Translation, including courses on Translation Studies, Translation Technology, Multimodal Translation and Subtitling. Her research focuses on metaphor variation, metaphor translation, literary machine translation, and machine translation literacy. She recently led an NRO Comenius Senior Fellow project on "The Value of Machine Translation for the Multilingual Academic Community". She was also the lead linguist on the ZonMW project "Dementia in Metaphors".

More information about Lettie Dorst

Fields of interest

  • Translation Studies
  • Descriptive Translation Studies
  • Multimodal Translation
  • Audiovisual Translation
  • Literary Translation
  • Machine Translation
  • Metaphor Studies
  • Genre Analysis
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Stylistics
  • Multilingualism
  • Reception Studies


Lettie Dorst successfully defended her PhD thesis on "Metaphor in Fiction: Language, Thought and Communication" in June 2011. Since then she has done research on the use and translation of metaphor, style and gender in different genres and domains, including literature, journalism, religious discourse and health communication. Her current research focus is on machine translation and multilingualism in academia on the one hand, and on metaphor and intercultural communication on the other.

Grants and awards

  • 2024: EAMT grant for a pilot project on "Metaphor in Literary Machine Translation and Post-Editing"
  • 2024: DH Small Grant for a pilot project on "Reading Metaphor in Literary Machine Translation and Post-Editing"
  • 2024: FGW onderwijsinnovatieproject "Practice makes Progress: instructievideo's en oefenmaterialen voor beginnend ondertitelaars Engels – Nederlands"
  • 2020-2023: NRO Comenius Senior Fellow on "The Value of Machine Translation in the Multilingual Academic Community"
  • 2019-2023: member of NWO ZonMW Memorabel project "Dementia in Metaphors: Towards Shared Understanding and Decision-making in Families of Various Cultural Backgrounds"

Key publications 

Associate professor

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

Work address

Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Room number B0.20




  • John Benjamins Publishing Company Co-Editor Metaphor and the Social World
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