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Simon Ager
Works at Omniglot Ltd
Attended Bangor University
Lives in Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales
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New adapted script on Omniglot: Kajarte - http://www.omniglot.com/conscripts/kajarte.htm
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New language and script on Omniglot: Chinook Jargon (chinuk wawa) and Chinuk pipa - http://www.omniglot.com/writing/chinookjargon.htm
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New Omniglot blog post: Attercop (and other spiders): http://www.omniglot.com/blog/?p=9855
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New con-script on Omniglot: Minngeul, an alternative alphabet for English based on Korean Hangeul and Younger Futhark: http://www.omniglot.com/conscripts/minngeul.htm
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New adapted script on Omniglot: Roman Rekhta - http://www.omniglot.com/conscripts/rr.htm
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New article on Omniglot: The Geography of Thought ... and Language - http://www.omniglot.com/language/articles/geographyofthought.htm
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New Omniglot blog post: Sound instincts - http://www.omniglot.com/blog/?p=9871
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New language on Omniglot: Karuk http://www.omniglot.com/writing/karuk.htm
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New Omniglot blog post: Towns, gardens and fences - http://www.omniglot.com/blog/?p=9840
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New adapted script on Omniglot: Hangeul Dik Ite Tun Jang (한글 딕 이트 툰 장) http://www.omniglot.com/conscripts/hgditj.htm
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Occupation
Linguist
Employment
  • Omniglot Ltd
    Linguist, 2008 - present
    Maintaining and developing Omniglot.com, the online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages, answers questions from visitors, learning languages.
  • Study Group International
    Web Developer, 1999 - 2008
    Developing and maintaining multilingual websites.
  • British Council
    Various, 1994 - 1998
    Worked as an education counsellor, external liaison officer, IT manager and web consultant.
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Currently
Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales
Previously
Brighton, East Sussex, England - Taipei, Taiwan - Osaka, Japan - Leeds, West Yorkshire, England - Jersey, Channel Islands - L'Isle-en-Dodon, Midi-Pyrénées, France - Sévignac-le-Pas, Midi-Pyrénées, France - Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight, England - Maidenhead, Berkshire, England - Eskdale, Cumbria, England - Silverdale, Lancashire, England
Story
Tagline
One language is never enough / Dydy un iaith byth yn ddigon / 一種語言永遠不夠
Introduction
After finishing university I worked for the British Council in Taipei for four years in various positions. While there I learnt the basics of web design and desktop publishing. I then returned to the UK and worked for a while as a freelance web designer and translator, then got a job as a multilingual web developer with Study Group International in Brighton. Nine years later I was made redundant, but fortunately by then my website, Omniglot.com, was making enough money to live on. I also got some freelance work writing for other websites, and decided it was time for a change of direction. My plan was to become a speech and language therapist, and I decided to study linguistics first. I chose Bangor University to do this as the course sounded interesting, and I wanted to be in a Welsh-speaking area (I taught myself Welsh while in Brighton). Since completing my MA in linguistics I've been living in Bangor and making my living from Omniglot.
Education
  • Bangor University
    Linguistics, 2008 - 2009
  • University of Leeds
    Chinese & Japanese, 1989 - 1993
  • National Taiwan Normal University
    Chinese, 1993 - 1994
  • Kansai Gaidai University
    Japanese, 1991 - 1991
  • National Chengchi University
    Chinese, 1990 - 1990
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