Hans C. Boas, Project Director
Hans is a Professor for Germanic Linguistics at UT Austin. His areas of interest include computational lexicography, documentation and preservation of endangered languages and dialects, syntax, lexical semantics, morphology, and contrastive linguistics. From January 1999 until August 2001 Hans worked with the FrameNet team at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, California. During this time he became interested in creating a FrameNet database for German. Since September 2001, Hans has also been involved in documenting and analyzing Texas German, a rapidly eroding German dialect spoken in central Texas (see www.tgdp.org).
Maggie Gemmell Hudson, Research Associate
Maggie has taught German at all levels for The University of Texas at Austin and Southern Oregon University, and has designed curriculum using the G-FOL and other open educational resources. The focus of her work for the G-FOL is the application of cognitive linguistic theory to learning activities, which allows students to learn in a way that is consistent with our current understanding of how the brain processes language. Some of her interests are lexical semantics, figurative language, politeness, linguistic register, and foreign language education. She earned a Ph.D. in Germanic Linguistics at UT Austin in 2015, using frame semantics as a descriptive and analytical framework for the study of metaphor in her dissertation.
Anja Moehring, Research Associate
Anja has been working as Research Associate for G-FOL since 2017, compiling semantic, grammatical, and pragmatic information for the lexical units in the database as well as developing new frames and teaching materials. Her linguistic interests lie in Valency Theory, Construction Grammar, Frame Semantics, and the application of these concepts to German language pedagogy. She holds a master's degree in German Language and Literature, sociology and theatre sciences and a postgraduate degree in teaching German as a foreign language from Leipzig University, Germany as well as a PhD in German linguistics from UT Austin. Anja has taught German in various settings in Germany and for college students at The University of Texas at Austin, Baylor University and McLennan Community College in Waco, TX.
Verena Sauer, Research Associate
Verena earned her Ph.D. from the Department of German Linguistics at Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel (Germany) in 2018. In addition to her work as a post doc at CAU Kiel, she also worked in the team of Alexander Ziem with the German Frame Net project at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf. Since October 2022 she has been a Feodor-Lynen fellow at the Department of Germanic Studies at UT Austin and is also working with the Texas German Dialect Project.
John Benjamin graduated with his Ph.D. from the Department of Germanic Studies at UT in 2019. His academic interests include literacy and theories of reading, second language acquisition, comics/graphic novels in Germany, and Polish language/culture. He also holds a B.A. in German from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. in German from Princeton University. In his free time, John enjoys going hiking with his wife, playing music, reading comics, and cheering for the New York Red Bulls. John is an Assistant Professor of German at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point.
Ryan Dux completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Germanic Studies at UT in 2016. His academic interests include the syntax-semantics interface, verb classification and multilingual lexicography. He is currently working on a fine-grained frame-semantic classification of English verbs of stealing which he hopes to apply to German in order to investigate translation equivalencies across languages. He has a B.A. in German from the University of Wisconsin. In his free time, Ryan enjoys being with friends, playing games and cheering for the Green Bay Packers.
Karen is Assistant Professor of Instruction at The University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches German to undergraduates who appreciate her enthusiastic and light-hearted approach.
Karoline is a Ph.D. student in Germanic Studies at The University of Texas at Austin and is interested in second language acquisition and language teaching. More specifically, her research interests include individual differences of the L2 learner, metalinguistic awareness, as well as second language assessment. In addition to her Ph.D., Karoline is pursuing a certificate in language teaching and program coordination. She holds a teaching degree from the University of Munich in English, French, and German as a Second Language.
Alexander holds an M.A. in Modern Languages (University of Mississippi) and a Ph.D. in Germanic Studies from UT Austin. He is interested in the study of Second Language Acquisition, where he focuses on Input in Grammar Instruction. His secondary interest is the phonological and morphological developments of languages in contact and their documentation. In August 2018, he started as Assistant Professor of German at the University of South Carolina (Upstate).
Annika earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Germanic Studies at UT in 2016. Her academic interests include second language acquisition, frame semantics and foreign language pedagogy. She has a B.A. in translation and interpreting from the University of Mainz, FASK Germersheim and a M.A. from the University of Kentucky. In her free time, Annika enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her dogs.
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