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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 over 40 journal articles or book chapters, he published, in 2009, the monograph Speech and Thought Representation in English: A Cognitive-Functional Approach (De Gruyter Mouton). A joint monograph with Barbara Dancygier entitled The Language of Memes: Meaning Emergence across Image and Text is under contract with Cambridge University Press.

He was the editor responsible for the areas of linguistics (2010-2019) and literature (2012-2019) of the international journal English Text Construction (John Benjamins), and has co-edited 9 books or journal special issues to date: 

Activities in professional service include board membership (2006-2019) of the Belgian Association of Anglicists in Higher Education, as webmaster (since 2006, ongoing) and as ETC representative (2012-2019). Conferences (co-)convened include BAAHE's annual conference (Namur, 2008), the 33rd ICAME conference (Leuven, 2012), the 2nd Round Table on Communicative Dynamism (Namur, 2016), and the international workshop Reviewing Viewpoint (Namur, 2019).

At UNamur, admin activities to date include a term as Vice-Dean of Arts (2009-2013), membership of the university-wide Teaching Committee (2013-2019) and Further Education Committee (2016-2019), 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, head of the English Unit (since 2018) and of the Department of Germanic languages and literatures (since 2021), and member of the Steering Board of the NaLTT research institute.

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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Language and Literature, KULeuven

Award Date: 30 Jun 2005


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