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Lieven Vandelanotte is associate professor of English linguistics at the University of Namur and research fellow in linguistics at KU Leuven. His main research interests include speech and thought representation, viewpoint and multimodality, (inter)subjectivity, and cognitive-linguistic text analysis.

In addition to around 30 journal articles or book chapters, he published, in 2009, the monograph Speech and Thought Representation in English: A Cognitive-Functional Approach (De Gruyter Mouton).

He has been the editor responsible for the areas of linguistics (since 2010) and literature (since 2012) of the international journal English Text Construction (John Benjamins), and has co-edited 7 books or journal special issues to date: 

Activities in professional service include board membership of the Belgian Association of Anglicists in Higher Education, as webmaster (since 2006) and as ETC representative (since 2012). Conferences (co-)convened include BAAHE's annual conference (Namur, 2008), the 33rd ICAME conference (Leuven, 2012) and the 2nd Round Table on Communicative Dynamism (Namur, 2016).

At UNamur, admin activities to date include a term as Vice-Dean of Arts (2009-2013), membership of the university-wide Teaching Committee (since 2013) and Further Education Committee (since 2016), and membership of the general assembly, first as faculty representative (2007-2012) and then as elected member (2012-2017), of the university’s development NGO FUCID.

Areas of expertise

  • Viewpoint and multimodality
  • Speech and thought representation
  • The English noun phrase
  • Grammaticalization and (inter)subjectification
  • Functional, cognitive and corpus linguistics
  • Cognitive poetics and linguistic approaches to literature

External responsibilities


PhD in Language and Literature: Germanic Languages, KU Leuven, March 2005

MA in Language and Literature: Germanic Languages (English and Dutch), KU Leuven, July 2000

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Language and Literature, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL)

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Projects 2008 2019

Research Output 2000 2018

English Text Construction

Gilquin, G. (ed.) & Vandelanotte, L. (ed.) 2018 (In preparation) Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Research output: Book/Report/JournalJournal

One does not simply... dismiss Internet memes

Vandelanotte, L. 2018 (Accepted/In press) Babel - The Language Magazine, 22

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationFeatured article

English Text Construction

Gilquin, G. (ed.) & Vandelanotte, L. (ed.) 2017 Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Research output: Book/Report/JournalJournal

Applied Linguistics
Literary Studies
Moral Responsibility

Grammar, usage and discourse: Functional studies offered to Kristin Davidse

Vandelanotte, L. (ed.), Van Praet, W. (ed.) & Brems, L. (ed.) 2017 In : English Text Construction. 10, 2, p. 187-345

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue


Activities 2000 2018

Point de vue et multimodalité. Deuxième conférence de l'Institut NaLTT par Darren Saunders et Anne-Marie Parisot (UQAM) et Paul Sambre (KU Leuven)

Darren Saunders (Keynote Speaker), Anne-Marie Parisot (Keynote Speaker), Paul Sambre (Keynote Speaker), Delabastita, D. (Invited Speaker), Meurant, L. (Invited Speaker), Vandelanotte, L. (Invited Speaker), Darquennes, J. (Member of Scientific Committee), Gonne, M. (Member of Scientific Committee), Sinte, A. (Member of Scientific Committee), Van Mensel, L. (Member of Scientific Committee), Vrydaghs, D. (Member of Scientific Committee)
25 Apr 2018

Activity: Participation in conference

BAAHE Annual Conference 2017

Vandelanotte, L. (Member of Scientific Committee)
1 Dec 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

14th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference

Vandelanotte, L. (Speaker)
13 Jul 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Discourse, cognition and constructions: implications and applications

Vandelanotte, L. (Member of Organizing Committee)
31 May 20173 Jun 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

9th Annual BAAHE Conference: World / Text / Context

Borrelli, N. (Participant), Delabastita, D. (Participant), Labate, S. (Participant), Van Praet, W. (Participant), Vandelanotte, L. (Participant)
2 Dec 2016

Activity: Participation in conference


Exploring lexical morphology across languages: A corpus-based study of prefixation in English and French writing (Thèse de doctorat)

Author: Lefer, M., 2009

Supervisor: Granger, S. (Supervisor), Deproost, P. (Jury), Decock, S. (Jury), Vandelanotte, L. (Jury) & Vogeleer, S. (Jury)

Student thesis: Doc typesDoctor of Languages and Literatures

Les marqueurs de (dis)fluence en Langue des signes de Belgique francophone

Author: Notarrigo, I., 30 Aug 2017

Supervisor: Vandelanotte, L. (President), Meurant, L. (Supervisor), Simon, A. C. (Co-Supervisor), Van Herreweghe, M. (Jury) & Perniss, P. (Jury)

Student thesis: Doc typesDoctor of Languages and Literatures


The synchronic layering of size noun and type noun constructions in English (Thèse de doctorat)

Author: Brems, L., 2007

Supervisor: Davidse, K. (Supervisor), Vandelanotte, L. (Jury), Cuyckens, H. (Co-Supervisor), Aijmer, K. (Jury) & Thompson, G. (Jury)

Student thesis: Doc typesDoctor of Languages and Literatures

Types of speech and thought representation in English: Syntagmatic structure, deixis and expressivity, semantics.

Author: Vandelanotte, L., 2005

Supervisor: Davidse, K. (Supervisor), Dancygier, B. (Jury), Davies, E. (Jury), Delbecque, N. (Jury), Goyens, M. (Jury) & Van Belle, W. (Jury)

Student thesis: Doc typesDoctor of Languages and Literatures