I am the Raymond Dickson, Alton C. Allen, and Dillon Anderson Centennial Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies and the Department of Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2001, I founded the Texas German Dialect Project to document and archive the remnants of Texas German for future generations. In 2004, I founded the German FrameNet project, which, since 2011 has focused primarily on developing a German frame-based Online Lexicon (G-FOL), an online learners’ dictionary. From 2012 to 2020 I served as the Director of the Linguistics Research Center and from 2018 – 2023 I served as the Chair of the Department of Germanic Studies at UT. Before coming to Austin, I was a postdoctoral researcher with the FrameNet project at the International Computer Science Institute and a research fellow in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley, funded by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (‘German Academic Exchange Service’). Prior to that, I studied law and linguistics at the Georg-August- Universität Göttingen, Germany. I received both my M.A. (thesis: The Passive in German) and my Ph.D. (dissertation: Resultative Constructions in English and German)  in the Linguistics Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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