Glottobank - People

Russell Gray Ph.D. (Univ. Auckland), FRSNZ, is the Director of the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. He is sponsor and leader of Glottobank.
Quentin Atkinson is Professor in Psychology at the University of Auckland and co-director of the Language, Culture and Cognition Lab. His research uses computational modeling tools to study the evolution of language and culture. He is co-leader of Glottobank.
Wolfgang Barth works on data discovery and formation. He finds and sorts kinship systems and numeric systems for Parabank.
Damián Blasi is a postdoc at the University of Zürich and an external member of the MPI SHH where he uses large-scale typological databases to make inferences on the relevance of non-linguistic factors on linguistic structures, and provides general statistical assistance for Glottobank.
Remco Bouckaert is a research fellow affiliated with the University of Auckland, and developing new methods to infer deep language relationships using the Glottobank data.
Claire Bowern (PhD, Harvard, 2004) is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Yale University. She is a specialist in historical linguistics and language documentation, with particular reference to the languages of Australia - Yale Pama-Nyungan Lab. She does fieldwork in northern Australia on Yolŋu and Nyulnyulan languages and her reference grammar of Bardi appeared in 2012. Her current research involves the possible differences between languages spoken by hunter-gatherer groups and the better-studied languages of agriculturalists. She has led an interdisciplinary initiative funded by the National Science Foundation’s Human Social Dynamics program to investigate hunter-gatherer language change, including differences in loan rates, material culture nomenclature, and ethnobiology.
Thiago Chacon is a professor at the University of Brasilia, who works with languages from the Northwest Amazon. He is involved with historical, typological and descriptive linguistic research, as well as interdisciplinary projects aimed at explaining linguistic diversity from a broad historical perspective. Within Glottobank, Thiago is involved in Parabank, Lexibank and Phonobank.
Jeremy Collins is a PhD student at Radboud University, Nijmegen and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, researching language structures and what their distributions can show about prehistoric relatedness and contact between languages. He is a Grambank designer and feature patron.
Luise Dorenbusch studied linguistics in Leipzig and Nijmegen and has worked at the MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology and the MPI for Psycholinguistics. Currently based in Leipzig, she codes language data for Grambank with a focus on the non-Pama-Nyungan languages of Australia.
Michael Dunn studies the evolution of language structure and the history of language families. His work combines traditional linguistic methods with computational (phylogenetic) approaches from the biological and ecological sciences. Michael is Professor of General Linguistics at Uppsala University in Sweden.
Nick Evans is a typologist and anthropological linguist specialising in Australian and Papuan languages. He is an ARC Laureate Professor at the Australian National University and director of the ARC Research Centre for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL).  Within Glottobank he is a member of the Parabank Collective and an Associated Collaborator in Grambank. 
Robert Forkel is responsible for strategies and infrastructure for data curation and presentation within the consortium, bringing in the experiences gathered in the CLLD project.
Simon Greenhill studies how languages evolve using computational methods and large-scale cross-linguistic databases. He is currently a research fellow in the ARC Research Centre for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL), and at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. His role in this project is design and analysis of Lexibank and Parabank.
Harald Hammarström has a background in linguistics and computer science. He is working in the Grambank project in the design, planning and management as well as website programming and occasional coding.
Martin Haspelmath is a senior scientist at MPI-EVA Leipzig and a professor at Leipzig University. He was one of the creators of the World Atlas of Language Structures (2005) and was heavily involved in feature design in the Atlas of Pidgin and Creole Language Structures (2013). He is a senior advisor in the Grambank project.
Hannah Haynie is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Colorado. Her research focuses on language diversity and language change, integrating ideas from ecology and biology with rigorous linguistic analysis to answer questions in linguistic typology and diachronic linguistics. She is particularly interested in interactions between language, culture, and the physical environment. Patterns of linguistic diversity in North America have been central to her work to date. Hannah is one of the Grambank questionnaire designers and a 'feature patron' for the coding effort.
Roberto E. Herrera Miranda is a research assistant working on the Grambank and Parabank projects since June 2015. He is based in Leipzig and works mostly on languages of the so-called Intermediate Area in the Americas. 
Jessica Katiuscia Ivani is a PhD student at the University of Pavia, conducting typological research on the morphosyntax of grammatical features, with a focus on nominal number and gender. Within Glottobank, she is involved in the Parabank project.
Olga Krasnoukhova is a member of the Grambank project and is responsible for coding data on South American languages. Her research interests lie in linguistic typology and areal linguistics focusing on South American languages. Her doctoral thesis (2012) investigated syntactic and morphosyntactic characteristics of the Noun Phrase components. Olga is also one of the designers of the SAILS database (
Jakob Lesage PhD (INALCO at LLACAN, 2020) specializes in language description, language documentation and linguistic typology. He focuses on African languages, particularly on Kam and other less documented languages of Nigeria. Jakob is a Grambank patron and longtime coder.
Stephen Levinson is Director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. His work focusses on language diversity and its implications for theories of human cognition. He is a designer and senior advisor on the Grambank project.
Johann-Mattis List is a post-doctoral research fellow currently pursuing an interdisciplinary research project on Chinese dialect history in Paris. In his research, he generally follows a data-driven, empirical, and quantitative perspective on language change and language history, with a focus on computer-assisted approaches that mediate between classical and computational approaches. He is theoretically and practically involved in the LexiBank and PhonoBank projects.
Luke Maurits is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Auckland, with a background in mathematics and cognitive science. He works on Bayesian modelling of linguistic and cultural change, and is the principle developer of the BEASTling software package, which aims to make computational historical linguistics more accessible, automatable and replicatable.
Nataliia Hübler (formerly Natalia Neshcheret) studied Language and Variation and German linguistics at CAU Kiel, where she started coding languages. Now she is a PhD student within Eurasia3angle project at the MPI SHH in Jena. She is exploring the history of Transeurasian languages on the basis of their structural features by applying phylogenetic methods.
Johanna Nickel is a master's student at CAU Kiel, where she studies Language & Variation and Scandinavian studies. Her role at Grambank is to code languages.
Sören Pieper is a Grambank coder from Kiel. He is in the final stages of his MA in Language and Variation and Political Science at the University of Kiel. He is currently writing his MA thesis in typology concerning the cross-linguistic diversity of antipassives.
Kyla Quinn is a PhD student in the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language at the Australian National University in Canberra. She is researching whether syncretism can be used as a tool for diagnosing phylogeny and contact relationships between languages. Kyla is also interested in morphology and paradigms, their description and visualisation. Kyla is one of the designers of Parabank.
Linda Raabe is a bachelor student at CAU Kiel, where she studies empirical linguistics. Her role in Grambank is to code languages.
Hedvig Skirgård is a PhD student in linguistics at ANU and one of the designers and patrons in Grambank. She was previously employed as a coder within the Nijmegen Typological Survey which is the precursor to Grambank . Her role in Grambank is to help manage and coordinate coding of languages and the design of the questionnaire. She is the patron for 48 Grambank features, including features concerning negation and tense & aspect. Her PhD project is on factors influencing the diversification of languages, what is it that makes Samoa so different from Vanuatu? The PhD project is a part of the  Wellsprings of Linguistic Diversity.
Jana Fischer is a master's student of Language & Variation and English Language, Literature & Lingustics at CAU Kiel. She has an interest in creoles. Her role in Grambank is to code languages.
Alena Witzlack-Makarevich is an assistant professor at the University of Kiel. Her role in GramBank is to supervise the coders at the University of Kiel. She is also a patron of twenty feature related to grammatical relations and alignment.
Giulia Barbos is a Grambank language coder based in London. She is part of the SOAS team and she holds a degree in Linguistics and International Relations. She has an interest for the area of intersection of language/discourse and the political sphere. In particular, she is passionate about language change and variation in political discourse, including transformations at the lexical, morphosyntactic, and discourse-pragmatic levels.
Biu Huntington-Rainey is currently a PhD student at the University of Oslo, where they work on the syntax/pragmatics interface in acquisition: in particular how pragmatic capacity might impact the child's developing notion of grammatical class and vice versa. Within Grambank they've worked as a coder for the SOAS node, developing a particular love for polysynthetic language families such as Na Dené and Algonquin.
Jay Latarche is the team coordinator (and coder) at SOAS University, London, and particularly enjoys coding from East Asian language families. He is currently interested in conducting further research on logogram amnesia in Mainland China. He is also interested in transgender specific speech patterns in Mandarin Chinese.
Amna Raja is a Grambank coder at SOAS who has so far coded languages from the Americas and Africa with outlooks towards other continents. She enjoys reading, kickboxing and henna.
Nancy Bakker (formerly Nancy Poo) studied German and English in Potsdam as well as linguistics and Islamic Studies in Kiel. She is now a teacher for German as a foreign language and codes languages for Grambank.
Erika Just is a PhD candidate at the University of Kiel. Her research project is concerned with verb agreement domains, combining comparative typological methods with a case study on optional verb agreement in three related Bantu languages. Her role in Grambank is to code languages.
Eloisa Ruppert is a coder from Kiel. She is currently doing her master’s degree in Language and Variation and Scandinavian Studies.
Tobias Weber is a research associate at the University of Kiel. His research interests include diachronic typology, grammatical relations, and the languages of Southeast Asia. Within Glottobank, he is involved in the Grambank project.
Jemima Goodall is a Grambank coder based at the SOAS university team in London. She is currently a Linguistics BA student at UCL.
Hans-Philipp Göbel codes languages for Grambank. He is a bachelor student in empirical linguistics and scandinavian studies at CAU Kiel. In his masters programme he wants to focus on language typology.
Marilen Johns is a Master's Student at CAU Kiel and is coding languages for Grambank. She is studying Language and Variation and European Ethnography, and is interested in the differences of vulgar speech between English and German.
Mandy Lorenzen is a bachelor student in Empirical Linguistics and German at CAU Kiel. Her role in Grambank is to code languages.
Rhiannon Schembri is a Grambank coder from the ANU node in Canberra. She is currently undertaking an undergraduate double degree in Science and Arts, majoring in biology and linguistics. She hopes to pursue research in computational methods for the study of human history in her postgraduate studies.
Andrew Harvey is a junior fellow at the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (ILCAA), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. His interests include the languages of the Tanzanian rift, their documentation and description, their formal morphosyntax, and the histories and cultures of their speaker communities, especially as evinced through linguistic arts and language contact.
India Pearey is a Grambank coder based at SOAS London where she is completing a BA in Korean and Linguistics. Her specific interests lie in Koreanic languages and judging prescriptivists. Aside from long hours reading grammars her hobbies include sports, eating, and sleeping.
Maisie Yong is a BA Japanese and Linguistic student at SOAS, University of London and is a language coder for Grambank. Versed in both Mandarin and English, she codes mostly for Sino-Tibetan languages whose grammars are written in Mandarin. She inadvertently speaks Singlish when exasperated.
Naomi Peck is a Grambank coder from the ANU node. She is currently a PhD student at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, where she is working on a description of Kera'a (Idu Mishmi), a Tibeto-Burman language of North-East India.
Janina Klingenberg is a master student of general linguistics at the university of Hamburg with a bachelors degree in Spanish philology and empirical linguistics. She is interested in interrogative constructions and multilingualism. Her role in Grambank is to code languages.
Eri Kashima is a PhD candidate at the Australian National University, and part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, and a member of the ARC Wellsprings of Linguistic Diversity Project. Eri is a documentary sociolinguist who works on language variation and change in the southern area of Papua New Guinea.
Daniel Prestipino is an undergraduate student at the Australian National University, studying Linguistics, German language, and Classical Studies. He is a coder at the ANU node of the Grambank project, and is interested in what socio-cultural factors drive language change. He hopes to pursue postgraduate study and research in the future.
Yustinus Ghanggo Ate did his MA in General Linguistics at The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. His research interests are descriptive linguistics, language documentation, theoretical linguistics (paradigm-based analysis and lexically-based analysis), language typology, and mother tongue-based education. He plans to do his PhD study in the future, documenting and describing an unknown and endangered language of eastern Indonesia.
Richard Kowalik is a PhD student at Stockholm University. His project is to write a grammar for South Saami, a small Finno-Ugric language spoken in Sweden and Norway. Within Grambank, he has been coding African languages and Uralic languages.
Henry Wu is an undergraduate Linguistics and Sanskrit student at ANU, and is a Grambank coder there. His research interests in linguistics include historical linguistics, language contact, language description and typology. He is currently planning an interdisciplinary project on the history of Chinese Buddhist translation for his honours year.
Jill Sammet is a master's student at CAU Kiel, studying Language & Variation and Computer Science. Her task at Grambank is to code languages.
Sydney Rey has an MA in Language Documentation and Description from SOAS University of London. Her interests lie in syntax and diachronic variation in endangered North American languages as well as data accessibility and community-centric language documentation. She codes language structures for Grambank.
Daniel Auer is a graduate student at the Humboldt University of Berlin and a coder for Grambank. He focuses on Bantu and so-called Khoisan languages in East and Southern Africa.
Victoria Gruner (who also likes to be called Vicky) joined the Grambank Leipzig Team in October 2020. She has a Bachelor's degree in Romance Studies from University Leipzig and her role in Grambank is to code languages.
Sinoël Dohlen is an undergrad student of Theoretical Linguistics at the University of Leipzig. He's also interested in typology, language change and the origin of language. His task is coding languages for Grambank.
Ella Dorn is a BA Chinese and Linguistics student at SOAS, University of London and a coder for Grambank. She enjoys diachronic linguistics, Sino-Korean loanwords, light verse and film history.
Kim Salmon is an undergrad student of linguistics at the University of Leipzig and has been coding languages for Grambank since 2020. She is mostly interrested in morphology and lexicology as well as language change, variety and contact phenomena.
Lennart Chevallier codes languages for Grambank. He is a master student at CAU Kiel studying Language and Variation and Political Science.
Julia Rizaew is an MA Translation student at SOAS University of London and a language coder at Grambank. She has background in Japanese and Linguistics, and is interested particularly in East Asian languages.
Hoju Cha is an undergraduate student of linguistics at Seoul National University. He has been an avid reader of grammars for some time, and now he's been tasked to code languages at Grambank. He is interested in linguistic typology and mathematics.
Marvin Martiny is a Grambank coder from southwest Germany. He has been working on the topic of grammaticalization in the MAGRAM project at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, where he will start his PhD (on future grams in SAILs) in short. His linguistic interests vary from neurolinguistics to historical linguistics.
Farah El Haj Ali is a Grambank coder currently studying English Studies and Empirical linguistics at the University of Kiel.
Grace Ephraums is a Grambank coder living in Melbourne, Australia. Grace completed honours at Monash University in 2021, with a thesis studying the nominal privative across 62 Australian languages. They are also a 2021 summer scholarship recipient with the ARC Research Centre for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL). Their main research interests lie in syntactic typology and linguistic description, with a focus on Australian languages, and language revival and reclamation, especially in the Australian context.
Manuel Rüdisühli is a Grambank coder from Zurich, Switzerland. He is currently completing graduate studies at the University of Zurich in Evolutionary Linguistics and Biology with a thesis on adjacent and non-adjacent dependency processing in meerkats.