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Dr. Christian Burgers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In 2010, he defended his PhD dissertation in the field of Communication and Information Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen. Since 2009, he has worked at the Department of Communication Science, first as a Lecturer and Assistant Professor and currently as an Associate Professor. In 2016, he was a visiting scholar at the Department of Communication Studies at Chapman University (Orange, CA, USA).



His research focuses on indirect language, in particular on figurative language such as metaphor, hyperbole and irony. He studies the use and effects of metaphor, hyperbole and irony across domains of discourse (e.g., political communication, health communication, persuasive communication, interpersonal communication) and currently works on his project “Figurative Framing” (2014-2018), for which he received a VENI grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). In February 2018, he will start working on his VIDI project "Contemporary Political Satire" (2018-2023).

Dr. Christian Burgers is a member of the Management Team of the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam in which he coordinates the track on Figurative Framing.



In the academic year 2017-18, Dr. Christian Burgers teaches in the courses:

  • Gezondheidsvoorlichting (Health Communication, Master Communication Science)
  • New Media Challenges (Bachelor Communication Science)


Dr. Christian Burgers is the chair of the Opleidingscommissie Communicatiewetenschap Bachelor and of the Opleidingscommissie Communicatiewetenschap Master.

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Last update Ancillary Activities: Amsterdam (2018-02-22)

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Research Output 2010 2018

DMIP: A method for identifying potentially deliberate metaphor in language use

Reijnierse, W. G., Burgers, C. F., Krennmayr, T. & Steen, G. J. 2018 In : Corpus Pragmatics.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access

Metaphor, hyperbole, and irony: Uses in isolation and in combination in written discourse

Burgers, C. F., Renardel de Lavalette, K. Y. & Steen, G. J. 2018 In : Journal of Pragmatics. 127, p. 71-83

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Hoe factchecks worden gedeeld [blog]

Burgers, C. F. 10 Apr 2017

Research output: ProfessionalOnline publication or Website

Humor markers

Burgers, C. F. & van Mulken, M. J. P. 2017 The Routledge Handbook of Language and Humor. Attardo, S. (ed.). New York: Routledge, p. 385-399

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter