drs. K. (Kirsten) Vis

  • Position:Junior researcher

Office hours: Monday to Thursday

Research interests: Subjectivity and ‘stance’; coherence relations; Rhetorical Structure Theory (RST); changes in language use in journalistic texts; corpus linguistics; cognitive linguistics.

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching

As I am finishing my dissertation this year, I will not do any teaching. In the last three years I have taught the following courses in the department of Language and Communication:

  • Academic Skills: Written presentation
  • Academic Skills: Oral presentation
  • Formuleren

Research

Since September 2005 I am part of the VU-Ster (‘Star’) project ‘Conversationalization in discourse’ at the Department of Language and Communication. This programme includes also Tryntje Pasma and focuses on the question whether journalists writing in Dutch newspapers show an increasing stylistic preference for a more informal and conversational style, a trend that has already been reported for several English genres. In my research I investigate the degree to which the writer of the text, the journalist, is present in the text by expressing his opinions, emotions and attitudes (‘subjectivity’ or ‘stance’). In quantitative analyses at three levels (text, sentence and word) I compare the frequencies of several elements of subjectivity and stance in texts from Dutch newspapers from 1950/1951 to the frequencies in texts from the same newspapers from 2002. For this purpose I have compiled a corpus of 3,615 articles from newspapers from 1950/1951 (digitized by me) and 3,003 articles from 2002; well over 1.7 million words in total.

Publications

  • Vis, K., Sanders, J., and W. Spooren (2009). Subjectiviteit door de jaren heen: conversationalisatie in journalistieke teksten. In: W. Spooren, M. Onrust, and J. Sanders (Eds.) Studies in Taalbeheersing 3. Assen: Van Gorcum. 405-418.
  • Vis, K., Spooren, W., and J. Sanders. (accepted). Using RST to analyze subjectivity in text and talk. In: M. Choinski and L. Wiraszka (Eds.), Cognitive Linguistics in Action: From Theory to Application and Back. Berlin etc.: Mouton de Gruyter.

Presentations

  • Promovendi Praten, Faculteit der Letteren, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (oktober 2006)
  • Paperpresentatie: “Subjectiviteit in nieuws en conversaties”
    International Research Meeting for Junior Applied Linguists, RUG, Groningen (januari 2007)
  • Paperpresentatie: “Subjectiviteit in nieuws en conversaties”
    Tenth International Pragmatics Conference, Göteborg, Zweden (juli 2007)
  • Paper presentation met Wilbert Spooren: “Using RST to analyze subjectivity in text and talk” 
    Tenth International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Krakow, Polen (juli 2007)
  • Paperpresentatie: “Conversationalization and subjectivity in discourse” 
    Cognitive and Functional Perspectives on Dynamic Tendencies in Languages, Tartu, Estland (mei 2008)
  • Paperpresentatie: “Conversationalization and subjectivity in discourse” 
    LOT Summer School, Utrecht (juli 2008)
  • Posterpresentatie: “Conversationalization & subjectivity in discourse” 
    International Conference Language, Communication and Cognition, Brighton, Engeland (augustus 2008)
  • Posterpresentatie: “Conversationalization & subjectivity in discourse” 
    LCC research meeting, Afdeling Taal en Communicatie, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (oktober 2008)
  • Paperpresentatie met Tryntje Pasma: “Conversationalization in Dutch public discourse” 
    VIOT 2008, Taalbeheersing: The next Level, Amsterdam (december 2008)
  • Paperpresentatie: “Informalisatie en subjectiviteit in journalistieke teksten” 
    CogLingDagen, Leiden (december 2008)
  • Paperpresentatie: “Informalisatie en subjectiviteit in nieuwsteksten: een diachrone cognitief-linguïstische benadering” 
    LCC research dag, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (januari 2009)
  • Posterpresentatie: “Informalization and subjectivity in news texts: A diachronic cognitive linguistic approach” 
    Graduate Seminar, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (februari 2009)
  • Paperpresentatie: “Conversationalization in discourse: Subjectivity in journalistic texts and conversations” 
    Discourse op Dinsdag, Utrecht (februari 2009)
  • Paperpresentatie: “Conversationalization, (inter)subjectivity, and stance in news texts: a diachronic cognitive linguistic approach” 
    TABU-dag, International Linguistics Conference, Groningen (juni 2009)
  • Paperpresentatie met José Sanders en Wilbert Spooren: “Diachronic change in subjectivity and stance: Conversationalization in journalistic texts” 
    Eleventh International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, UC Berkeley, US (afgelast)
  • Paper accepted: “Informalization, (inter)subjectivity, and stance in news texts - A diachronic cognitive linguistic approach” 
    2009 PALA conference: The Art of Stylistics, Middelburg (juli 2009)
  • Paperpresentatie: “Diachronic change in subjectivity and stance: Conversationalization in journalistic texts” 
    Seminar Form and style in journalism, RUG, Groningen (september 2009)
  • Paperpresentatie: “Informalisering of professionalisering van het nieuws? Een diachrone corpuslinguïstische analyse van subjectiviteit en stance” 
    Department of English, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff (oktober 2009)
  • Paperpresentatie: “Diachronic change in subjectivity and stance: Conversationalization in journalistic texts” 
    Workshop From Text to Political Positions, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (april 2010)
  • Paperpresentatie met José Sanders en Wilbert Spooren: “Change in subjectivity and stance: a diachronic corpus linguistic study of Dutch news texts”

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