German Studies

Prisca Augustyn at work Dr. Prisca Augustyn

Ph.D., Germanic Linguistics
University of California Berkeley (2000)

Areas of Expertise

Linguistics, Semiotics, German

E-mail: augustyn@fau.edu

Office Phone: 561-297-2529




Dr. Augustyn's scholarly work addresses the disciplines of linguistics, German studies and semiotics. She considers both the field of linguistics and German studies as subfields of semiotics, the study of all sign systems. The fundamental questions that run through her research concern the role language plays in constructing subjective models of reality. Her most recent research explores the semiotic processes that are involved in shaping our cognitive and practical habits or attitudes towards nature. Her interest in language as a modeling system not only informs her research but also finds expression in the development of teaching materials and methods for the classroom. The third edition of Stationen, a textbook for intermediate German she co-authored with Nikolaus Euba (University of California, Berkeley), appeared in 2014 with Cengage Heinle.


Augustyn, P. 2002. The Semiotics of Fate, Death, and the Soul in Germanic Culture: The Christianization of Old Saxon. Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics. Vol. 50. New York: Peter Lang. http://amzn.to/1CJLAL5

Co-Authored Books Cover of Stationen

Augustyn, P. and N. Euba. Forthcoming 2015. Welten. Boston: Cengage Heinle.

Augustyn, P. and N. Euba. 2014. Stationen. Kursbuch für die Mittelstufe. Third Edition. Boston: Cengage Heinle. http://amzn.to/1LkQKzX

Augustyn, P. and N. Euba. 2011. Stationen. Kursbuch für die Mittelstufe. Second Edition. Boston: Cengage Heinle.

Augustyn, P. and N. Euba. 2007. Stationen. Kursbuch für die Mittelstufe. Boston: Cengage Heinle.

Recent Articles

Augustyn, P. In press. "Bilingual Practice for Core Vocabulary." Die Unterrichtspraxis. Journal of the American Association of Teachers of German.

Augustyn, P. In press. "Man, Nature, and Semiotic Modeling or How to Make Forests and Backyards with Language." Sign Systems Studies. Tartu University Press.

Augustyn, P. 2013. "What Connects Biolinguistics and Biosemiotics?" Biolinguistics 7(4): 96–111. Open Journal Systems.

Augustyn, P. 2012. "On Semiotics in Language Education." Semiotica. Vol. 192. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 523–533.

Augustyn P. 2011. "On the Concept of Code in Linguistics and Biosemiotics." Biosemiotics. Vol. 4/3. Dordrecht: Springer. 281–289.

Current Courses

LIN3010 Introduction to Linguistics
LIN2607 Global Perspectives on Language
LIN4802 Semantics
LIN4810 Introduction to Semiotics
LIN3003 Language Matters
GER1120 Elementary German Language and Culture 1
GER1121 Elementary German Language and Culture 2
GER2220 Intermediate German
GEW2104 Readings in Intermediate German

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