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College of Liberal Art & Sciences » Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures » Faculty
Margaret E. Winters
Margaret E. Winters, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor
4092 FAB
Research Area
Cognitive Semantics, Romance Historical Linguistic
(313) -577-2257


B.A. cum laude Brooklyn College, French                                                   1967
M.A. University of California at Riverside, French                                     1970
PhD. University of Pennsylvania, Romance Linguistics                          1975
Licence-level courses, Université de Reims, France                              1967-68
Visiting Scholar, Linguistics Institute, University of Maryland              1982
Visiting Scholar, Linguistics Institute, City University of New York     1986
Postdoctoral Fellow, Linguistics, University of Edinburgh                     1994


Romance historical and descriptive linguistics
Historical linguistics and semantics
History of Linguistics
French linguistics (phonetics, grammar, history of French)


Romance and Latin historical syntax, semantics, morphology
Diachronic and synchronic aspects of Cognitive Grammar
Old French textual edition
History of Linguistics


2002.  Vantage theory and diachronic semantics. Language Sciences 24: 625-37.

2002. On Choosing a Theory: a Diachronic Case Study. Language and Communication 22:113-29.

2003. It’s Merely Applied.  Eighth International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Logroño, Spain; with Geoffrey S. Nathan.

2003. On the Life and (Near-) Death of a Morphophoneme. XV International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2005. On the Origins of Cognitive Grammar.  Ninth International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Seoul, Korea.

2005. The Semantics of ‘Applied’ in Linguistics and Elsewhere.  International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences, Urbana, Illinois; with Geoffrey S. Nathan.

2006. On the Life and (Near-) Death of a Morphophoneme, in Historical Romance Linguistics: Retrospective and perspective, ed. by Randell S. Gess and Deborah Arteaga, pp. 237-52. Benjamins.

2007.  On Construals and Vantages.  Tenth International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Krakow, Poland.

2008.  Categories and Linguistic Change.  Invited Keynote, Conference on Semantics, Bielsko Biala, Poland.

2008.  Categories et changement linguistique.  Invited talk, University of Tel Aviv.

2009.  How Different is Prototype Change?  International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands; with Geoffrey S. Nathan.

2010.  Historical Cognitive Linguistics, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, Edited with H. Tissari and K. Allan.

2010.  Introduction: On the Emergence of Diachronic Cognitive Linguistics, in Historical Cognitive Linguistics, ed. by M. Winters, H. Tissari, and K. Allan, pp. 3-   27.  Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

2010.  Linguistic Categories and Language Change, in English Language, Literature and Culture: New Directions in Research, ed. by C. Humphries, J. Kossek, and A. Gomola, pp. 13-36.  Bielsko-Biala.

2010.  On Construals and Vantages.  Language Sciences 32: 335-346.

2011.  Syntax: Symbolic or Autonomous.  Eleventh International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Xi'an, China.

2011. Prediction and Language Change. International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Osaka, Japan; with Geoffrey S. Nathan.

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