Margaret Winters

Margaret Winters

Professor Emerita French and Linguistics
Former Provost

Curriculum vitae

Margaret Winters

Margaret E. Winters is former Provost and Professor Emerita (French and Linguistics) at Wayne State, and previously at Southern Illinois University. Her research interests are in historical semantics and the history of the Romance languages, both within the framework of Cognitive Linguistics. She has published journal articles and chapters in scholarly venues in North America and Europe; she has also published two critical editions of Old French narrative poems and co-edited two volumes of papers in Linguistics.  She has two recent books, one co-authored.

She is a graduate of Leadership Detroit (2004-2005). In addition, she has served the ACE Michigan Women’s Network at various times as the Wayne State Institutional Representative, the SE Michigan Regional Representative, and as a member of the Executive Board. She is currently an emerita member of the Board and active with its Professional Development Committee.

She is co-President of the Board of Detroit Chamber Winds and Springs and Vice President of the Board of SOAR (Society of Active Retirees). She also serves on the Board of Visitors of the Wayne State Press,  and the Detroit Symphony Trustees Board.

A native of New York City, she attended Brooklyn College. She spent a year in France after receiving her B.A. and subsequently did graduate work at the University of California Riverside (M.A.) and the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.).

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Historical Linguistics, especially the development of grammar within the framework of Cognitive Linguistics.  Work is primarily in both Romance languages and Germanic.History of Linguistics and especially pre-cursors of Cognitive Linguistics and other semantics-based theories. 


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Selected publications

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