Omniglot

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Omniglot
Type of site
language encyclopedia
Key peopleSimon Ager[1]
Websiteomniglot.com
CommercialNo
Launched1998
Current statusActive

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

Etymology[edit]

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

History[edit]

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]

References[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.