Michael Fragomeni

Michael Fragomeni

PhD Candidate


Office: 5410 Dwinelle

After spending 20 years in the music business, Michael returned to school, receiving his BA (magna cum laude) in History from UC Berkeley. He is currently investigating the freedoms and limitations of “artistic license” by fusing semiotics and optimality theory to examine language in the musical environment. In May of 2012, Michael received his MA in Germanic Linguistics.


  • "Language in the Musical Environment," in Interdisciplinary Journal for Germanic Linguistics and Semiotic Analysis 18, 2:143-61. 2013.
  •  Rauch, Irmengard, Justin Farwell, Michael Fragomeni, Carolyn Hawkshaw, Mary Ellen Leblanc, Christ Little, Stephanie Pelter, Lindsay Preseau, and Michael St. Clair. "BAG XII: German Netspeak/Textspeak." Interdisciplinary Journal for Germanic Linguistics and Semiotic Analysis 18, 2:101-127. 2013.
  •  Rauch, Irmengard, Alex Estes, Michael Fragomeni, Carolyn Hawksahw, Chris Little, Stephanie Peltner, Lindsay Preseau, and Christine Vais. "BAG XIII: On Laughter: German and English Jokes." Interdisciplinary Journal for Germanic Linguistics and Semiotic Analysis 19, 2. 2014.

Recent Courses

German R5B: 'Rock & Roll during the Cold War' - Spring 2015

German R5A: 'Vampires, Zombies, and Man-made Monsters' - Fall 2014

German 2 (Elementary German I) – Fall 2013

German 1 (Elementary German I) – Spring 2013

Recipient of the 2014 - 2015 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award

Research Areas

Germanic Linguistics, Semiotics