Denise Weisz holds a BA dual degree from UT Austin in English and Linguistics. She got involved with the TGDP as an undergraduate, as a way to feed her interest in dialect prestige, translation and phonetic transcription, and folk cultures. She enjoys focusing on Wendish/Sorbian speakers and their folktales, interactions of Texas German and African American English, and the effect of written materials on the standardization (or lack thereof) of Texas German. Denise is currently an English teacher in the Czech Republic, where she continues to work for the project in her free time. She plans to start studying for a doctorate in English literature soon, to further her research on non-standard speech, speech disorders, orality and text. As an enthusiast on language documentation and folklore documentation, she is excited to connect her experience with these projects to her literary scholarship. In September 2019, Denise started graduate school at Indiana University, Bloomington.