Theo van Leeuwen

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Theo van Leeuwen is the dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Technology, Sydney.[1]

Van Leeuwen studied linguistics at the University of Sydney, and taught communication theory at Macquarie University and the London College of Printing. He is one of the main developers of the sub-field of social semiotics.[2] He has also taught courses at the Universities of Amsterdam, Vancouver, Vienna, Madrid, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Auckland. His books include Introducing Social Semiotics and Reading Images: The Grammar of Visual Design which he co-authored with Gunther Kress.

Early Years[edit]

Prior to entering into his academic career, van Leeuwen worked as a director, script writer, and producer for film and television in both Holland and Australia.[3] Van Leeuwen has also been noted as a former jazz pianist.[4]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Introducing Social Semiotics (2005) ISBN 0-415-24943-0
  • Kress, Gunther R., & van Leeuwen, Theo (1996). Reading Images: The Grammar of Visual Design. New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-31915-3.


  1. ^ Farrelly, Elizabeth (28 May 2009). "Read all about it: to hell with free speech and long live the sponsors". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "How a car's horn says: "Buy me"". BBC News. 14 January 2005. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Emeritus Professor Theo van Leeuwen". University of Technology, Sydney. n.d. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Djonov, Emilia (n.d.). "Semiotic Profile: Theo van Leeuwen". SemiotiX. Retrieved 11 July 2015.  Check date values in: |year= / |date= mismatch (help)