Photographer: Eduard Lampe

drs. M. (Manon) van der Laaken

  • Faculty of Humanities
    Capaciteitsgroep Engelse taal en cultuur
  • Visiting address
    P.C. Hoofthuis
    Spuistraat 134  Room number: 541
  • Postal address:
    Spuistraat  134
    1012 VB  Amsterdam
    T: 0205253828

I studied English at the University of Amsterdam and graduated in English Linguistics in 1979, with minors in General Linguistics, Translation Studies and Anglo-American Studies. I worked as a lecturer in English Language Acquisition at the UvA for many years, and then moved into new directions: I worked as a researcher / interviewer / director for a Dutch television production company, making informative TV programmes for Dutch national television, and I worked as a communications specialist for McKinsey & Company, a large international consultancy agency.  In 2003 I returned to the UvA as a lecturer in English Language and Linguistics. My teaching focuses on language in politics, discourse analysis and pragmatics, and sociolinguistics. My research interests include doctor-patient interaction, political discourse and cross-cultural and on-line communication. I am currently working on a PhD project on doctor-patient communication in outpatient cancer consultations.


  • Goddard, A., van der Laaken, M., & Mesker, R. (2009). Hello, England Calling. In M. Childs, H. L. Schnieders, P. van Parreeren, & J. Oomen (Eds.), DIVERSE Conference Proceedings 2007 - 2008 (pp. 153-158) [details] 
  • Prior, Y., van der Laaken, M., & van der Zwaard, R. (2009). Artspeak: Articulating Artistic Process Across Cultural Boundaries through Digital Theatre. The International Journal of the Arts in Society, 4(3), 433-446. [details] 


  • van der Laaken, M. (1990). Schrijfvaardigheid in de moderne vreemde talen. Wat moeten we ermee? Levende Talen, (451), 245-247.


  • van der Laaken, M. (1986). Herschrijven als onderdeel van het schrijfvaardigheidsonderwijs in de moderne vreemde talen. Levende Talen, (414), 537-540.


  • van der Laaken, M. (2016). A female audience: The construction of female-friendliness in anecdotes in the 2012 US presidential elections. In A. Bannink, & W. Honselaar (Eds.), From variation to iconicity: festschrift for Olga Fischer on the occasion of her 65th birthday (pp. 249-263). Amsterdam: Pegasus. [details] 


  • van der Laaken, M. (1988). Writing and revising in L1 and L2: a pilot study. In Dutch Working Papers in English Language and Linguistics (Vol. 4, pp. 1-11)


  • van der Laaken, M., & van der Laaken, B. (2013). Presentation techniques. - 2nd ed. Bussum: Coutinho. [details] 


  • van der Laaken, M., Lankamp, R. E., & Sharwood-Smith, M. (2001). Writing Better English. Bussum: Coutinho.

Talk / presentation

  • van der Laaken, M. (speaker) (3-9-2014): Constructing female-friendliness: a multi-perspective analysis of excerpts from the 2012 US presidential debates, CADAAD2014, Budapest.


  • Bannink, E.A. (organiser), van Dam van Isselt, H.R. (organiser), Kaal, A.R. (organiser), van der Laaken, M. (organiser), Montesano Montessori, N. (organiser) & Oswald, S. (organiser) (8-9-2014 - 9-9-2014): Symposium, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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