I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Germanic Studies Department at the University of Texas at Austin. My main areas of research include the syntax-semantics interface, contrastive linguistics, and the application of linguistic research to language pedagogy. I work primarily within the frameworks of Frame Semantics and Construction Grammar, and emphasize the relationship between language, culture, and human cognition.
Much of my research focuses on the relation between verb meaning and argument realization, both within and across languages. In particular, I investigate how near-synonymous verbs exhibit subtle differences in meaning and syntax. By studying this, I hope to shed light on the relation between form and meaning, and on the translatability of meaning across languages.
This line of research lends itself to applied fields such as language pedagogy and lexicography. To this end, I am working with others at UT-Austin to develop a Multi-lingual FrameNet, a bilingual (German-English) dictionary with detailed descriptions and naturally-occurring examples.
My other scholarly interests include language contact and dialectology (especially German-American dialects), historical linguistics, and older Germanic languages.
Department of Germanic Studies
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station, C3300
Austin, TX 78712-0304, U.S.A.
UT Germanic Studies
German Frame-based Lexicon Online
Texas German Dialect Project