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Michelle Waldispühl

Senior lecturer

Michelle Waldispühl
Senior lecturer
+46 31 786 4329

Room number: C555
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 41256 Göteborg

Department of Languages & Literatures (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 412 55 Göteborg

About Michelle Waldispühl


I joined the Department of Languages and Literatures in 2015 as a senior lecturer in German Linguistics and Language Education. Before that, I worked at the universities of Zurich and Bern and the universities of teacher education in Zug and Zurich (Switzerland). I wrote my doctoral thesis on Continental runic inscriptions at the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) "Mediality – Historical Perspectives" based at the University of Zurich, where I also worked as a research fellow for public outreach.

CV (pdf)


My general research interests include Germanic language history – especially runology, the linguistics of historical writing, language contact and multilingualism, phonology and onomastics – and the learning and teaching of German as a second language. In my historical linguistic studies, I pursue an interdisciplinary approach in which I aim to combine philological and structural linguistic analysis with sociolinguistic and cultural-historical perspectives. Hence, I strive to embed the historical linguistic data in a broader cultural context.

My current project titled Variation and contact in medieval personal names concerns North Germanic personal names in Continental sources. Most of the names were written down by German or French scribes, some supposedly even by dictation. I study the scripting of the names in this multilingual environment from a system- and sociolinguistic perspective and plan to edit the corpus digitally. The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council.

I am also part of the interdisciplinary research environment DECRYPT/DECODE: Decryption of historical manuscripts lead by Beáta Megyesi at Uppsala University and funded by the Swedish Research Council.

Earlier projects include Techniken und Praktiken mittelalterlicher kontinentalgermanischer Schriftlichkeit, led by Prof Dr Elvira Glaser and Prof Dr Ludwig Rübekeil, University of Zurich (2005–2011); Sprachland. Lehrmittel für die Mittelstufe, led by Elsbeth Büchel and Ursina Gloor, PH Zurich (2007–2009); and Promoting Learner Autonomy in Higher Education, PH Zug in collaboration with SEEU Tetovo (2012–2014).

I initiated the seminar series Writing and Society and coordinate the Language in Society research area together with Johan Järlehed at the Department of Languages and Literatures.



I have taught university courses at undergraduate, Master’s and PhD level (subjects: German, Scandinavian and English linguistics, medieval studies, language teaching and education, cultural studies ) and also have experience as a primary school teacher. At the University of Gothenburg, I teach undergraduate and Master’s courses, both on campus and online, in linguistics and language skills, and supervise students within the programme for German studies and the teacher training programme (German as a foreign language).

Latest publications

Decryption of historical manuscripts: the DECRYPT project
Beáta Megyesi, Bernhard Esslinger, Alicia Fornés, Nils Kopal, Benedek Láng et al.
Cryptologia, Journal article 2020
Journal article

Die Liste als Ordnungsmedium in mittelalterlichen Libri vitae
Michelle Waldispühl
LiLi: Zeitschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Linguistik, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Att stava ord – förr och nu
Michelle Waldispühl
Sånt vi bara gör. Jenny Nilsson, Susanne Nylund Skog och Fredrik Skott (red.) , Stockholm, Carlssons i samarbete med Institutet för språk och folkminnen, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Alemannische Wortbildung zwischen Schreib- und Sprechsprache. Richtungsadverbien in Konrad Klausers 'Sylvula formularum quotidiani sermonis' (1562)
Michelle Waldispühl
Nievergelt, Andreas, Rübekeil, Ludwig. ‚athe in palice, athe in anderu sumeuuelicheru stedi‘. Raum und Sprache. Festschrift für Elvira Glaser zum 65. Geburtstag, Heidelberg, Winter Verlag, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

‚Deutsch‘ oder ‚nordgermanisch’? Personennamen im Reichenauer Verbrüderungsbuch vor dem Hintergrund von Sprachkontakt und Mehrsprachigkeit.
Michelle Waldispühl
Benjamin Scheller, Christian Hoffarth (Eds.), Ambiguität und die Ordnungen des Sozialen im Mittelalter, Berlin, Boston, De Gruyter, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Medieval Libri vitæ as a source for historical sociolinguistic research. Questions and methodological issues
Michelle Waldispühl, Christine Wallis
HiSoN conference. "Making Waves in Historical Sociolinguistics", 30 May–1 June 2018, Leiden , Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Graphematische Variation im mehrsprachigen Verschriftungskontext: Nordische Pilgernamen im Reichenauer Verbrüderungsbuch
Michelle Waldispühl
Annual conference of the CEES and 61st Kreutzwald Days conference "Variation in language, literature, folklore, and music" December 7–8, 2017, at the University of Tartu and the Estonian Literary Museum, Tartu, Estonia., Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Flerspråkiga medeltida pilgrimer? En kontakt-onomastisk pilotstudie av de nordiska personnamnen från Reichenau
Michelle Waldispühl
Namn som kjelder : rapport frå Den sekstande nordiske namneforskarkongressen på Jæren folkehøgskule , Kleppe 8. - 11. juni 2016 / redigert av Tom Schmidt og Inge Særheim, Uppsala, NORNA-förlaget, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

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Schrift im Gespräch. Medientheoretische Überlegungen zur historischen Schriftinterpretation
Michelle Waldispühl
Paola Cotticelli-Kurras; Alfredo Rizza (Eds.). Variation within and among writing systems. Concepts and methods in the analysis of ancient written documents, Wiesbaden, Reichert Verlag, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book


Sprachförderung von Lehramtsstudierenden mit Deutsch als Zweitsprache – Fallbeispiel Pädagogische Hochschule Zug, Schweiz
Michelle Waldispühl
Promoting Learner Autonomy in Higher Education / eds. Brikena Xhaferri; Michelle Waldispühl; Brigit Eriksson, Tetovo, South East European University, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

Students’ and Teachers’ Beliefs about Learner Autonomy at SEEU Tetovo, Macedonia and PH Zug, Switzerland: A Comparative Study
Brikena Xhaferri, Michelle Waldispühl, Gëzim Xhaferri, Brigit Eriksson – Hotz
Promoting Learner Autonomy in Higher Education / eds. Brikena Xhaferri; Michelle Waldispühl; Brigit Eriksson- Hotz, Tetovo, South East European University, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

Multilingualism in the Context of Scandinavian Pilgrimage. The Onomastic Evidence in Continental Sources
Michelle Waldispühl
The Sixteenth Saga Conference. 9–15 August 2015. Zurich and Basel, Switzerland., Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

Promoting Learner Autonomy in Higher Education
Brikena Xhaferri, Michelle Waldispühl, Brigit Eriksson-Hotz, Gëzim Xhaferri
Tetovo, South East European University, Edited book 2015
Edited book

The Grammar of Medieval Scandinavian Personal Names in Continental Manuscripts
Michelle Waldispühl
22nd International Conference on Historical Linguistics. 27-31 July 2015. Naples, Italy. , Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution


Dialektologie als Unterrichtsgegenstand auf Sekundarstufe II
Matthias Friedli, Michelle Waldispühl
Deutschblätter, Magazine article 2014
Magazine article


Neues zu den Runeninschriften von Eichstetten, Schwangau, Steindorf und Neudingen-Baar II
Michelle Waldispühl, Martin Graf
Amsterdamer Beiträge zur älteren Germanistik, Magazine article 2013
Magazine article

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