Areas of Study
Dr. Judith Atzler is an Assistant Professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages. Her primary research focus is on Second Language Acquisition with a secondary focus on Literature and Cultural Studies. She is currently working on developing an online language learners’ dictionary (based on the principles of frame semantics) focusing on the specific needs of language students. Her project has been picked up by The Center for Open Educational Resources & Language Learning (COERLL) at the University of Texas, Austin and she is working on this project in collaboration with other members of the University of Texas, Austin. In addition, to creating the online frame-based dictionary she is also working on analyzing frames between languages (specifically German and English) in order to understand if certain frames are harder to learn in a foreign language, what those frames are, why those frames are harder to learn and how we can help students with learning vocabulary. Apart from linguistically influenced research she is interested in Early Modern to 18th century literature and culture, specifically encounters with the other, travel accounts, witchcraft, secret societies and technology and science.