(1963, Ph.D. Tilburg
is a full professor of Discourse Studies and
Language use in the department of Dutch
Nederlandse taal en
cultuur) of the Faculty of
Universiteit Utrecht. As of January
2012 he is also Head of Department; chair Language and Communication
en Communicatie). Sanders' research concentrates on
discourse structure and coherence.
In 2012 a NWO-Begrijpelijke
Taal project will start:
In September 2006 a NWO-VICI
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).