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Grambank & Language Documentation: Zhwadi and Its Features

Jessie Peterson has a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and was a professor of linguistics at Stephen F. Austin State University for 13 years, where she created a conlanging course and taught students how to construct a language from the ground up. She is now a full-time professional conlanger and works with her husband, David Peterson. Their languages appear in TV shows and films, including Legendary’s Dune: Part Two, Netflix’s Shadow and Bone, Pixar’s Elemental, the Peacock’s Vampire Academy, and Freeform’s Motherland: Fort Salem. They host the weekly livestream LangTime Studio on YouTube, where they create new languages from scratch and share the process.

This is a brief discussion of how GramBank’s feature list can provide a framework for conlang documentation especially suited to sharing. It includes a link to a copyable Google Sheets spreadsheet with all of GramBank’s features, and provides a demonstration of how to use it featuring the conlang Zhwadi.

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