Uni-Tübingen

Prof. Dr. Esme Winter-Froemel

Romance Studies / Linguistics

Contact Details

esme.winter-froemelspam prevention@uni-wuerzburg.de

Universität Würzburg

Lehrstuhl für Romanische Sprachwissenschaft

Neuphilologisches Institut/Romanistik

Am Hubland

97074 Würzburg

Tel.: +49 (931) 31-81554

 

About Ambiguity

Esme Winter-Froemel was an associate member of the graduate training group on “Dimensions of Ambiguity” (2008-2011). There she started to study ambiguity in speaker-hearer interaction together with Angelika Zirker (English Literary Studies). Since 2013 she has been leading the DFG-funded scientific network WI 3826/1-1 "The Dynamics of Wordplay: Language Contact, Lincuistic Innovation, Speaker-Hearer-Interaction", which also looks into the relationship between wordplay and ambiguity. Moreover, Esme Winter-Froemel investigates the interplay of ambiguity and language change, especially semantic change, in a linguistic perspective.

 

Biography

After studying Romance Philology (French, Spanish, Italian), Comparative Literary Studies and Philosophy at the universities of Tübingen, Nantes and Pisa, Esme Winter-Froemel completed her PhD on borrowing and loanword integration in 2009 at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen and habilitated there in 2014. For her habilitation project, Esme Winter-Froemel investigated processes of language change in the domain of the verb in the diachrony of the Romance languages, mainly changes from indefinite to 1 plural meaning, focusing on the role of ambiguity in scenarios of innovation (indirectness, reanalysis). As from 1 April, 2105, she is professor of Romance Linguistics at Trier University.

 

Research

The main research areas of Esme Winter-Froemel besides ambiguity include language contact and language change, graphematics as well as historical semantics and pragmatics. Moreover, she is particularly interested in exploring interdisciplinary interfaces (linguistics – literary studies – rhetoric – philosophy of language) as well as the field of wordplay. Besides being a member of the RTG 1808, Esme Winter-Froemel is the co-leader of the research project C4 “Ambiguity phenomena in the diachrony of Romance languages“ of the Collaborative Research Center “The Constitution of Meaning” (SFB 833) as well as leader of the interdisciplinary research network “Dynamics of Wordplay”.

 

Teaching

In teaching, Esme Winter-Froemel treats synchronic and diachronic aspects of linguistics, mainly of French, Spanish and Italian. She particularly focuses on semantics, pragmatics, graphematics, lexicology and language games along with the history of the languages.

 

Publications on Ambiguity

  • Winter-Froemel, Esme; Verena Thaler (eds.) (forthcoming / 2018). Cultures and Traditions of Wordplay and Wordplay Research (The Dynamics of Wordplay 6). Berlin; Boston: De Gruyter. EPUB Open Access. ISBN 978-3-11-063087-9.
  • Winter-Froemel, Esme; Alex Demeulenaere (eds.) (forthcoming / 2018). Jeux de mots, textes et contextes (The Dynamics of Wordplay 7). Berlin; Boston: De Gruyter. EPUB Open Access. ISBN 978-3-11-058669-5.
  • Winter-Froemel, Esme; Pauline Beaucé (forthcoming / 2018). "Contacts linguistiques et humour verbal dans le théâtre comique français au tournant des XVIIe et XVII siècles“.Jeux de mots, textes et contextes. Eds. Esme Winter-Froemel; Alex Demeulenaere. Berlin; Boston: De Gruyter (The Dynamics of Wordplay 8), 317-337. doi.org/10.1515/9783110586459-016 (Open Access)
  • Winter-Froemel, Esme (ed., in preparation). Sprach-Spiel-Kunst. Ein Dialog zwischen Wissenschaft und Praxis (The Dynamics of Wordplay 8). Berlin ; Boston: De Gruyter. EPUB Open Access. ISBN 978-3-11-058698-5
  • Winter-Froemel, Esme (forthcoming). „Introducing pragmatic ambiguity: On the diversity and ambivalence of ambiguity in discourse.“ Ambiguität und Ambivalenz. Hgg. Matthias Bauer, Frauke Berndt and Sebastian Meixner. Würzburg: Königshausen; Neumann.
  • Winter-Froemel, Esme (forthcoming). "Reanalysis in language contact: Perceptive ambiguity, salience, and catachrestic reinterpretation." Cognitive Contact Linguistics. Eds. Eline Zenner, Ad Backus and Esme Winter-Froemel . Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter.
  • Zenner, Eline; Ad Backus; Esme Winter-Froemel (forthcoming). "Cognitive Contact Linguistics. Placing usage, meaning and mind at the core of contact-induced variation and change." Cognitive Contact Linguistics. Eds. Eline Zenner, Ad Backus and Esme Winter-Froemel . Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter.
  • Winter-Froemel, Esme (forthcoming / 2018). "Traditions discursives et variantes du jeu : La dynamique des blagues en comble dans les langues romanes." Jeux de mots et créativité. Eds. Bettina Full and Michelle Lecolle. Berlin & Boston: De Gruyter (The Dynamics of Wordplay 4), 189-226. "href="https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110519884-195" target="_blank">https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110519884-195 (Open Access)
  • Winter-Froemel, Esme (accepted). "Ambiguïté et marges de l’interprétation en synchronie et en diachronie lexicale: entre innovation et mésinterprétation)." Actes du colloque bisannuel de l’ASL 2017. Eds. Guy Achard-Bayle, Marina Krylyschin and Maximilien Guérin. Limoges: Lambert-Lucas.
  • Arndt-Lappe, Sabine; Angelika Braun; Claudine Moulin; Esme Winter-Froemel (2018). "Expanding the Lexicon: At the crossroads of innovation, productivity, and ludicity." Expanding the Lexicon. Linguistic Innovation, Morphological Productivity, and Ludicity. Eds. Sabine Arndt-Lappe, Angelika Braun, Claudine Moulin and Esme Winter-Froemel. Berlin & Boston: De Gruyter (The Dynamics of Wordplay 5). 1–12.
  • Winter-Froemel, Esme (2018): "Ludicity in lexical innovation (I) – French." Expanding the Lexicon. Linguistic Innovation, Morphological Productivity, and Ludicity. Eds. Sabine Arndt-Lappe, Angelika Braun, Claudine Moulin and Esme Winter-Froemel. Berlin & Boston: De Gruyter. (The Dynamics of Wordplay 5). 229–259.
  • Winter-Froemel, Esme (2017): "The pragmatic necessity of borrowing: Euphemism, dysphemism, playfulness – and naming." Taal en Tongval 69.1: 17–46. doi: https://doi.org/10.5117/TET2017.1.WINT
  • Winter-Froemel, Esme (2016): "Les créations ludiques dans la lexicographie et dans l’interaction locuteur-auditeur: aspects structurels, enjeux sémantiques, évolution diachronique." La fabrique des mots français. Eds. Jean-François Sabalyrolles and Christine Jacquet-Pfau. Paris: Lambert-Lucas. 251–267.
  • Winter-Froemel, Esme (2016). "Multilingual wordplay in Linguistic Landscapes: Communicative settings, the addressee-origo, and boundedness to various types of contextual knowledge." La fabrique des mots français.In: Crossing Languages to Play With Words. Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Eds. Sebastian Knospe, Alexander Onysko & Maik Goth. Berlin & Boston: De Gruyter. (The Dynamics of Wordplay 3). 157–193.
  • Winter-Froemel, Esme (2016). "Approaching Wordplay". Crossing Languages to Play With Words. Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Eds. Sebastian Knospe, Alexander Onysko & Maik Goth. Berlin & Boston: De Gruyter. (The Dynamics of Wordplay, 3). 11–46.
  • Winter-Froemel, Esme (2016). "Répétitions et déformations ludiques de syntagmes linguistiques – entre parole, langue et traditions discursives." Varia. Transmettre, traduire, formaliser (Aliento, 8). Marie-Sol Ortola (coord.). Presses Universitaires de Lorraine. 237–255.
  • Zirker, Angelika; Esme Winter-Froemel. (Eds.) (2015). Wordplay and Metalinguistic / Metadiscursive Reflection. Authors, Contexts, Techniques, and Meta-Reflection. Berlin: De Gruyter. (The Dynamics of Wordplay 1).
  • Winter-Froemel, Esme; Angelika Zirker. (Eds.) (2015). Enjeux du jeu de mots. Perspectives linguistiques et littéraires. Berlin: De Gruyter. (The Dynamics of Wordplay 2).
  • Winter-Froemel, Esme; Angelika Zirker (2015): "Ambiguity in Speaker-Hearer-Interaction: A Parameter-Based Model of Analysis." Ambiguity: Language and Communication. Ed. Susanne Winkler. Berlin: de Gruyter, 283-339.
  • Winter-Froemel, Esme (2014): "Re(de)fining grammaticalization from a usage-based perspective: Discursive ambiguity in innovation scenarios." Folia Linguistica 48.2: 503-556.
  • Winter-Froemel, Esme (2013): "Ambiguität im Sprachgebrauch und im Sprachwandel: Parameter der Analyse diskurs- und systembezogener Fakten." Zeitschrift für französische Sprache und Literatur 123.2: 130-170.
  • Winter-Froemel, Esme (2013). "Formal Variance and Semantic Changes in Borrowing: Integrating Semasiology and Onomasiology." New Perspectives on Lexical Borrowing. Eds. Eline Zenner and Gitte Kristiansen. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton. 65–100.
  • Winter-Froemel, Esme (2012): "Ambiguitätsphänomene im Umfeld des Verbs in der Diachronie der romanischen Sprachen." Romanistisches Jahrbuch 63: 139-171.
  • Winter-Froemel, Esme (2012). "Néologie sémantique et ambiguïté dans la communication et dans l’évolution des langues: Défis méthodologiques et théoriques." Cahiers de Lexicologie 101: 55-80.
  • Esme Winter-FroemelM Alexander Onysko (2012). "Proposing a Pragmatic Disctinction for Lexical Anglicisms." The Anglicization of European Lexis. Eds. Cristiano Furiassi, Virginia Pulcini and Félix Rodríguez González. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins. 43–64.
  • Winter-Froemel, Esme (2011). Entlehnung in der Kommunikation und im Sprachwandel: Theorie und Analysen zum Französischen. Berlin: De Gruyter.
  • Winter-Froemel, Esme (2011). "Les tropes et le changement linguistique – points de contact entre la rhétorique et la linguistique." Rahmen des Sprechens: Beiträge zu Valenz­theorie, Varietätenlinguistik, Kreolistik, Kognitiver und Historischer Semantik: Peter Koch zum 60. Geburtstag. Eds. Sarah Dessì Schmid, Ulrich Detges, Paul Gévaudan, Wiltrud Mihatsch and Richard Waltereit. Tübingen: Narr. 227-239.
  • Onysko, Alexander; Esme Winter-Froemel (2011). "Necessary Loans – Luxury Loans? Exploring the Pragmatic Dimension of Borrowing." Journal of Pragmatics 43.6: 1550-1567.
  • Winter-Froemel, Esme; Angelika Zirker (2011). "Redundanz." Historisches Wörterbuch der Rhetorik. Bd. 10. Ed. Gert Ueding. Tübingen: Niemeyer. 1044-1050.
  • Winter-Froemel, Esme; Angelika Zirker (2010). "Ambiguität in der Sprecher-Hörer-Interaktion: Linguistische und literaturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven." Zeitschrift für Literatur­wissenschaft und Linguistik 158: 76-97.
  • Winter-Froemel, Esme (2009). "Wortspiel." Historisches Wörterbuch der Rhetorik. Bd. 9. Ed. Gert Ueding. Tübingen: Niemeyer. 1429-1443.

 

Further Publications

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