Supervision


I function as a supervisor/mentor for both BA/MA as well as PhD theses.

I am open for topics in German, English and General Linguistics as well as Media Studies from a linguistic and semiotic perspective. My own research is focused on film, tv series, comics, social media, video games, and other multimodal documents, but I am also interested in the analysis of verbal texts or their interaction with other semiotic resources. A good starting point for a thesis is an example analytical questions raised with a view on a concrete textual artefact. Please contact me, if you are interested in doing a thesis or paper or have some questions on these topics.

Here are some of the recent BA and MA theses under my supervision:

Master

Constructing a corpus and designing a classifcation scheme of first-aid video tutorials.
[Master Thesis, Digital Humanities, Summer 2021].

De multimodaliteit van argumenten in het slotpleidooi onder de loep. Een casestudy naar pragma-dialectische argumentatietheorie in een multimodaal kader.
[Master Thesis, Communication and Information Studies, Summer 2021].

Gesture in politics. An empirical study of the usage of hand gestures in the Dutch House of Representatives.
[Master Thesis, Communication and Information Studies, Summer 2021].

The contribution of images to memorizing and comprehending municipal letters.
[Master Thesis, Communication and Information Studies, Summer 2020].

Decoding the dream: A multimodal approach to narrative strategies in Yume Nikki (2004).
[Master Thesis, English-Speaking Cultures/Digital Media, Summer 2019].

Collaboration, rilvary and attraction: Gender differences in the introduction of female and male main characters in contemporary TV series.
[Master Thesis, Language Sciences, Winter 2018/2019].

Bachelor

A qualitative research on text-image relations in CPR-Instructions.
[Bachelor Thesis, Communication and Information Studies, Summer 2021].

Semiotic modes and Meaning-making: A multimodal analysis of retirement plan infographics.
[Bachelor Thesis, Communication and Information Studies, Summer 2021].

Beauty and metaphor: A detailed multimodal analysis into female body representations in TV commercials.
[Bachelor Thesis, Communication and Information Studies, Summer 2021].

Making sense of the strange planet. Multimodale discoursanalyse van comic strips.
[Bachelor Thesis, Communication and Information Studies, Summer 2021].

POAHHH!' zei (?) de tractor. Een kwalitatief onderzook naar beeldtexkstrelaties in memes.
[Bachelor Thesis, Communication and Information Studies, Summer 2021].

What do the pictures add? A quantitative study of the effects that enriched multimodal letters have on retention and understanding in comparision to less enriched multimodal letters.
[Bachelor Thesis, Communication and Information Studies, Summer 2020].

Navigation in pictures. An analysis on different functions of pictures in multimodal instructions and how they influence the performance of search tasks in the online database of the University Library of Groningen.
[Bachelor Thesis, Communication and Information Studies, Summer 2020].

A steppingstone to the effective tourism marketing website: An exploration of modern website headers in home pages
[Bachelor Thesis, Communication and Information Studies, Summer 2020].

An investigation of multimodal automobile instructions. A corpus analysis of the similarities and differences of automobile instructions.
[Bachelor Thesis, Communication and Information Studies, Summer 2020].