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Type of site
language encyclopedia
Key peopleSimon Ager[1]
Current statusActive

Omniglot (/ˈɒmnɪˌɡlɒt/) is an online encyclopedia focused on languages and writing systems.[2]


The name Omniglot comes from the Latin prefix 'omni' (meaning 'all') and the Greek root 'glot' (meaning 'tongue').


The website was launched by linguist Simon Ager in 1998, originally intended to be a web design and translation service. As Ager collected and added more information about languages and various writing systems, the project evolved into an encyclopedia.[3]

As of July 2018, the number of languages detailed on the site is 1,161.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Melanie Moore (13 June 2016). "Interview with the Omniglot". Mango Languages. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Omniglot : the guide to languages, alphabets and other writing systems". Library of Congress. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Omniglot - a potted history". Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  4. ^ "About Omniglot". Retrieved 18 July 2017.