German Studies
Prisca Augustyn at work Dr. Prisca Augustyn
Ph.D. Germanic Linguistics
University of California Berkeley (2000)

Areas of Expertise
Linguistics, Semiotics, German

Email: augustyn@fau.edu

Office Phone : 561-297-2529

Dr. Augustyn’s scholarly work addresses the disciplines of linguistics, semiotics, and German studies. 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 informs not only her research but 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.


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.

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.


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.


  • 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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