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Isolde Van Dorst

Isolde Van Dorst, M.A., M.Sc.

Isolde Van Dorst, M.A., M.Sc.

Teaching and Research Associate

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Isolde van Dorst completed a BA in English Language and Culture at the University of Groningen, where she also received a MA in Linguistics. She also holds a MSc in Human Language Science and Technology from the University of Malta. During her studies, she spent a semester at the University of Westminster in London, UK, as well as a semester at Lancaster University in Lancaster, UK. Before joining the Vienna University of Economics and Business in January 2020, she worked as a researcher and corpus compiler in the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science at Lancaster University on a variety of projects, such as the Encyclopedia of Shakespeare’s Language project, the Written (and Spoken) British National Corpus 2014, and the Chronotopic Cartographies project. Currently, she works as a teaching and research associate (pre-doc) at WU, and her PhD project focuses on a corpus pragmatic analysis of politeness in spoken British business communication.

Research Interests

Isolde van Dorst’s research interests include corpus linguistics, pragmatics, computational (language) modelling, Early Modern English, and politeness studies. Her previous research has included studies into Shakespeare’s language, the use of pronouns, and the regional effects on British politeness usage.

A full list of publications and research activities can be found in PURE.

Journal article

2024 van Dorst, Isolde, Gillings, Mathew, Culpeper, Jonathan. 2024. Sociopragmatic variation in Britain: A corpus-based study of politeness. Read more
2020 Hardie, Andrew, van Dorst, Isolde. 2020. A survey of grammatical variability in Early Modern English drama. Read more
2019 van Dorst, Isolde. 2019. You, thou and thee: A statistical analysis of Shakespeare's use of pronominal address terms. Read more