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Since 1994, I have taught a variety of linguistics courses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Bergen (Norway), the Humboldt University in Berlin (Germany), and the European Viadrina University in Frankfurt/Oder (Germany). The following is a list of undergraduate and graduate courses that I have taught.


Graduate Courses

  • English and German Morphology
  • German Syntax
  • Phonology-Morphology Interfaces in English and German
  • Rhetoric & Stylistics
  • A Linguistic Approach to Political, Social, and Cultural Opposition: The Case of Texas Germans
  • The Acquisition of English and German
  • Introduction to Synchronic Linguistics of English and German
  • Contrastive Lexical Semantics
  • Language Contact and Language Death
  • Contrastive Syntax of English and German: A Construction Grammar Perspective
  • Expanding Construction Grammar and Frame Semantics
  • Frame Semantics

Undergraduate Courses

  • Introduction to Language
  • Language and Society in the German-speaking Countries
  • Introduction to Germanic Linguistics
  • Advanced German Grammar
  • Language and Politics
  • Documentation and Analysis of Texas German
  • Sprache und Politik
  • The Texas-German Experience
  • The Texas German Dialect
  • German I
  • German II

Current Ph.D. Students and their research areas

  • Annika VanNoy (“Culture-specific aspects of semantic frames in multilingual frame descriptions”)

Former Ph.D. Students

  • David James, Ph.D. 2003 (“The Second Generation: Language Use among Migrants in Berlin”). Currently employed as Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Heiko Wiggers, Ph.D. 2005 (“Dialect Death on the German/Dutch border”). Currently employed as an Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University
  • Karen Roesch, Ph.D. 2009 (“Texas Alsatian: Henri Castro’s Legacy”). Currently employed as Assistant Professor, Hoyt-Reichmann Scholar of German-American Studies, and Director of the Max Kade German American Resource Center at Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis.
  • James Kearney, Ph.D. 2010 (“Friedrichsburg by Friedrich Armand Strubberg: Translated and Annotated by James C. Kearney”). Co-supervision with Janet Swaffar. Currently employed as lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Guido Halder, Ph.D. 2011 (“A frame-semantic approach to selectional restrictions in German Support Verb Constructions: The case of [in X geraten]”). Currently employed as Assistant Professor at Washington and Jefferson College.
  • Anja Moehring, Ph.D. 2013 (“Argument marking with prepositions in German: A constructional approach to ‘auf’ (‘on’)”). Currently employed as lecturer at Baylor University.
  • Maggie Gemmell, Ph.D. 2015 (“Semantic role alignment in metaphor: A frame semantic approach to metaphoric meaning.”) Currently employed as Adjunct Instructor of German in the Division of Humanities and Culture at Southern Oregon University.
  • David Huenlich, Ph.D. 2016 (“The roots of multiethnolects: Effects of migration on the lexicon and speech of German”). Currently employed as a junior researcher with the Institute for the German Language (IDS) in Mannheim, Germany.
  • Ryan Dux, Ph.D. 2016 (“A usage-based approach to verb classes in English and German”). Currently employed as Visiting Assistant Professor of German and Linguistics at Bucknell University.