Outlier Linguistics + Ulrich Apel
We're thrilled to announce that Ulrich Apel will be working with us on the Japanese-specific parts of our dictionary.
Having studied at Munich and Ōsaka University, Ulrich holds a PhD in Japanese Studies. He has worked in the field of Japanese lexicography for 20 years, primarily focusing on WaDoku, a Japanese-German dictionary and the world’s most comprehensive Japanese-to-Western-language dictionary. He has also developed other digital tools for teaching and learning kanji, such as KanjiVG, which is the software behind many popular digital stroke order tools.
As the Japanese lexicography expert, Ulrich will be responsible for the meaning, pronunciation, and example vocabulary sections of the dictionary, while we'll cover the kanji etymology (etymography). To use an example from the demo, here's the portion Ulrich did for the 堂 entry:
Speaking of the demo, we've filled it out quite a bit since the last update. All the entries are now working, as are the key concept links. So any time you see a red link in a kanji entry, you can tap/click it and you'll get an explanation (no audio):
We're getting really close to being able to relaunch the Kickstarter campaign. We will, of course, make an announcement here when we launch, so keep an eye out. In the meantime, please help us spread the word by sharing the demo with everyone you know who might be interested!