Everyone's always telling me that I need to pick one thing to focus on (multipotentiality is relevant here, oh! and here), to which I respond that specialization should be reserved for machine parts. I hope that this space reflects the syncretism with which I see my seemingly disparate passions in language and creating things. For me, these are manifestations of the same underlying curiosity to communicate, to understand, to experience—bridging gaps between each other, our internal & external cosmos, and our animate biosphere.

Since I was very young, I have been talking to myself—a lot—and making up my own languages. My creative passion for constructing languages (conlanging) eventually led me to study the science of language (linguistics).  Now I help combat the startling loss of linguistic diversity through documenting endangered languages. Currently, I work as R.A. to Maria Polinsky at the University of Maryland, College Park. 

Please always feel free to contact me here or via email, z@zwelldesigns.com.

P.S. My conlang is called łaá si-ri. Wherever you see a sample of text written in my language's orthography, you can hover over (click! on mobile) the text for a romanization or other surprises. 


Zach Wellstood

I come from the valley between the yar'aa'lá ya-ra (Blue Mountains) and the yaa'ła rasa'łayi'yár (River That Flows Two Ways); this region, whose mountains and trees wordlessly taught me what others could not, is an integral aspect of my identity.