About Us

Lingomann is a registered public charity (Isle of Man Charity No. 1163), with the following objectives:

(a)          To promote and assist people in the Isle of Man in acquiring skills in linguistics and computational linguistics in both natural and  

              artificial languages.


(b)          To facilitate and support the participation of a team, or of individuals, to represent the Isle of Man in competitions such as the 

              annual International Linguistics Olympiad.


(c)           To support and promote the non-commercial endeavours of people in the Isle of Man producing content in languages, natural or 

              artificial, other than English.


(d)          To promote the teaching and learning of second languages, natural and artificial, in the Isle of Man.

The two directors of Lingomann are Rob Teare and Max Wheeler. 

Rob Teare has taught languages at primary, secondary and tertiary level in the Isle of Man, UK and Japan. After completing a masters degree he took up a teaching post at Kobe Gakuin University in Japan, and subsequently worked as a lecturer at the Osaka Institute of Technology. In 2005 he studied for a teaching diploma through the medium of Scottish Gaelic at Strathclyde University, and has subsequently been teaching Manx Gaelic in the Isle of Man. He is currently the Manx Language Officer for the Department of Education and Children.

Max Wheeler graduated from the University of Oxford with a first in Modern Languages in 1969. He was awarded a masters degree from Oxford in 1973 and appointed as lecturer in linguistics at Liverpool University. He was awarded a DPhil from Oxford for a thesis entitled Some rules in a Generative Phonology of modern Catalan. Max was to appointed Professor of Linguistics, University of Sussex in 2006. Now retired as Emeritus Professor of Linguistics, University of Sussex, Max divides his time between the Isle of Man and Catalonia.