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).
Ryan Dux, Graduate Student
Ryan Dux is currently in the Ph.D. program in the Department of Germanic Studies at UT. 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.
Maggie Gemmell, Administrative and Research Associate
Maggie recently earned a Ph.D. in Germanic Linguistics at UT Austin. In her dissertation, she is used frame semantics as a descriptive and analytical framework for the study of metaphor. 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 what we know about how the brain processes language. Some of her interests are lexical semantics, figurative language, politeness, linguistic register, and foreign language education. She is now teaching German at Southern Oregon University, and is continuing to develop teaching and learning materials so that the G-FOL can be used as a vocabulary resource in college classrooms.
Annika VanNoy, Graduate Student
Annika is a second year Ph.D. student in the Department of Germanic Studies at UT. Her academic interests include second language acquisition, frame semantics and foreign language pedagogy. She is planning a project investigating the applicability of the German frame-based dictionary in the foreign language classroom. 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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