Maarten van Leeuwen
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.
My teaching is on stylistics, discourse analysis, rhetoric and argumentation.
Lecturer, Leiden University College The Hague
Lecturer Dutch Discourse Studies, Dept. of Dutch Linguistics and Culture
PhD candidate in the NWO research project 'Stylisitcs of Dutch'
Visiting scholar, Linguistics Department University of California, Berkeley.
Course developer, Taalcentrum-VU.
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).
- Co-organizer of the 12th VIOT-conference (21-23 December, 2011, Leiden University)
- Co-organizer of the Stylistics Across Disciplines Conference (16-17 June, 2011, Leiden University)
- Co-organizer of the 2nd Rhetoric in Society Conference (21-23 January, 2009, Leiden University)
- Co-organizer of the Interdisciplinary Workshop Stylistics (11 January, 2008, Leiden University)
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)