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Ted Sanders (1963, Ph.D. Tilburg University, 1992) is a full professor of Discourse Studies and Language use in the department of Dutch (Departement Nederlandse taal en cultuur) of the Faculty of Humanities at Universiteit Utrecht. As of January 2012 he is also Head of Department; chair Language and Communication (Taalbeheersing en Communicatie). Sanders' research concentrates on discourse structure and coherence.
His research is embedded in the "Discourse Representation and Processing"
and "Readability and comprehension" projects of the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS,
and includes Text Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Cognitive Processes of discourse production 
and understanding
and Text evaluation and document design.

In 2012 a NWO-Begrijpelijke Taal project will start:
LIN: A validated reading level tool for Dutch.
Click here for a project description.

In September 2006 a NWO-VICI project started:
Subjectivity and Causality as cognitive principles in discourse representation.
Click here for a project description of the NWO-VICI project.

Central questions to all his research are:

  • How can coherence be modeled?
  • What is the system behind the use of the linguistic signals of coherence (connectives, referential phenomena)?
  • How do writers and readers use these signals in the cognitive processes of reading and writing?

Striving for an interdisciplinary approach, Sanders combines cognitive linguistics and text linguistics with corpus studies and the psycholinguistics of discourse processing, as well as an interest in text and document design: how can text quality be improved?

Together with co-authors he published on these issues in several edited books and in international journals, such as Cognitive Linguistics, Discourse Processes, Journal of Pragmatics, Reading and Writing, Text, and Written Communication. He recently co-edited special issues of Cognitive Linguistics (2001), Discourse Processes (2004), Journal of Pragmatics (2012) and with Joost Schilperoord and Wilbert Spooren he edited a book volume on Text representation: Linguistic and psycholinguistic approaches (Benjamins, 2001). He was also editor of Causal Categories in Discourse and Cognition (Mouton de Gruyter, 2009), together with Eve Sweetser (UC Berkeley).

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