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Maarten van Leeuwen

Assistant professor

Dr. M. van Leeuwen
+31 71 527 2073

Maarten van Leeuwen is a University Lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics.

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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

PhD candidate in the NWO research project 'Stylisitcs of Dutch'

Fall 2009:
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).


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)

Assistant professor

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

Work address

P.N. van Eyckhof 1
2311BV Leiden
Room number 1.06a



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