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Lettie Dorst

University Lecturer

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

I am currently teaching MA courses on Translation Studies, Translator's Tools, and Advanced Translation, in addition to supervising theses and internships. In previous years I also taught courses on Multimodal Translation, Subtitling, Literary Translation, Stylistics, Metaphor Studies, Academic Writing and Presentation Skills. My research focuses on Translation Studies, Metaphor Studies and Stylistics.

More information about Lettie Dorst

Fields of interest

Metaphor studies; corpus linguistics; stylistics; genre analysis; translation studies


I am currently continuing my research on metaphor in fiction, and am particularly interested in starting new projects on metaphor and translation, and metaphor and health communication.

Teaching activities

I am currently teaching Language Acquisition 1 (BA), Language Acquisition 3 (BA), Language Acquisition 4 (BA), Language Acquisition 5 (Stylistics) (BA), Vertalen Engels-Nederlands (minor), Vertalen Nederlands-Engels (minor), Multimodal Translation (MA), Subtitling and Localization (MA), and Metaphor, Genre and Style (MA).

Curriculum vitae

2012-current Assistant Professor, English Linguistics and Translation, Leiden University
2011-2012 Lecturer, English Linguistics and Translation, VU University Amsterdam
2005-2011 PhD Metaphor Studies, VU University Amsterdam
2003-2005 MA ICT and Translation, VU University Amsterdam
2000-2003 BA English Language and Culture, VU University Amsterdam

Propedeuse Algemene Letteren, Universiteit Utrecht 

Key publications

Dorst, A.G. (2011). Personification in discourse: linguistic forms, conceptual structures and communicative functions.  Language and Literature 20 (2), 113-135. 

Dorst, A.G., Steen, G.J. and G. Mulder (2011). Recognition of personifications in fiction by non-expert readers.  Metaphor and the Social World 1 (2), 174-201. 

Steen, G.J., Dorst, A.G., Herrmann, J.B., Kaal, A.A., and T. Krennmayr (2010). Metaphor in Usage.  Cognitive Linguistics 21 (4), 765-796. 

Steen, G.J., Dorst, A.G., Herrmann, J.B., Kaal, A.A., Krennmayr, T., and T. Pasma (2010). A Method for Linguistic Metaphor Identification: From MIP to MIPVU. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 

Steen, G.J., Biernacka, E.A., Dorst, A.G., Kaal, A.A., López-Rodríguez, I., and T. Pasma (2010). Pragglejaz in practice: Finding metaphorically used words in natural discourse. In: Low, G., Tod, Z., Deignan, A., and L. Cameron (eds),  Researching and Applying Metaphor in the Real World, 165-184. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

- For previous publications, please visit: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lettie_Dorst

University Lecturer

  • 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 Associate Editor Metaphor and the Social World
  • International Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM) Bestuurslid (conference secretary)
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