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Roosmaryn Pilgram

Assistant professor

Dr. R. Pilgram
+31 71 527 2125

Roosmaryn Pilgram is a Lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics.

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My research focuses on argumentation in health communication (PhD on argumentative discussions in medical consultation obtained in 2015). I am especially interested in the reasonableness and effectiveness of particular discussion contributions in doctor-patient interactions. 

Teaching activities

I teach courses in argumentation, rhetoric and speech communication.

Curriculum vitae


  • 2015: PhD in Argumentation in Health Communication, University of Amsterdam
  • 2005-2007: MA (cum laude) in Rhetoric, Argumentation Theory and Philosophy, University of Amsterdam
  • 2002-2005: BA (cum laude) in Social Science (specialisation: international law and political science), University College Utrecht
  • 2002-2005: BSc (cum laude) in Science (specialisation: biology and chemistry), University College Utrecht


  • 2014: University Teaching Qualification (‘BKO’), University of Amsterdam

Current positions

  • 2013-present: Lecturer, Leiden University (teaching courses in argumentation and rhetoric, and supervising BA- and MA-theses at Leiden University Centre for Linguistics and the Honours Academy)
  • 2017-present: Postdoctoral researcher, University of Amsterdam (conducting research on the effects of metaphors in argumentation, as part of the NWO funded project Resistance to Metaphor)
  • 2015-present: Lecturer, University of Amsterdam (teaching courses in argumentation and speech communication at the department of Speech Communication, Argumentation Theory and Rhetoric) 

Key publications

Pilgram, R. (2015). A doctor’s argument by authority: An analytical and empirical study of strategic manoeuvring in medical consultation. University of Amsterdam (Supervisors: prof.dr. F.H. van Eemeren & dr. H.L.M. Meuffels). 

Pilgram, R. (2014). Reasonableness of a doctor’s argument by authority: a pragma-dialectical analysis of the specific soundness conditions. In S. Rubinelli & A.F. Snoeck Henkemans (Eds.), Argumentation and health (Benjamins current topics, 64) (pp. 33-50). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 

Pilgram, R. (2012). Strategisch manoeuvreren in medische consultatie: Een pragma-dialectische analyse van autoriteitsargumentatie van de arts. Tijdschrift voor Taalbeheersing, 34 (2), 168-181. 

Pilgram, R. (2012). Reasonableness of a doctor's argument by authority: a pragma-dialectical analysis of the specific soundness conditions. Journal of Argumentation in Context, 1 (1), 33-50. 

Pilgram, R. (2011). A doctor’s argumentation by authority as a strategic manoeuvre. In F.H. van Eemeren, B. Garssen, D. Godden & G. Mitchell (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation (pp. 1527-1537). Amsterdam: Rosenberg / Sic Sat. 

Goodnight, G.T. & R. Pilgram (2011). A doctor's ethos enhancing maneuvers in medical consultation.In E. Feteris, B. Garssen & F. Snoeck Henkemans (Eds.), Keeping in touch with pragma-dialectics: in honor of Frans H. van Eemeren (pp. 135-153). Amsterdam / Piladelphia: John Benjamins. 

Pilgram, R. (2009). Argumentation in doctor-patient interaction: medical consultation as a pragma-dialectical communicative activity type. Studies in Communication Sciences, 9 (2), 153-169. 

Pilgram, R. (2009). Een pragma-dialectische analyse van medische consultatie. In W. Spooren, M. Onrust & J. Sanders (Eds.), Studies in taalbeheersing 3 (pp. 297-308). Assen: Van Gorcum. 

Pilgram, R. & L.E. Polcar (2007). Questioning the fallacy of many questions. In F.H. van Eemeren, J.A. Blair, C.A. Willard & B. Garssen (Eds.), Proceedings of the Sixth Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation (pp. 1059-1064). Amsterdam: Sic Sat.

Assistant professor

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

Work address

Reuvensplaats 3-4
2311 BE Leiden
Room number 2.14



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