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How (not) to Plan a Language: The Endurance of Esperanto

Esther Schor, Princeton University
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 12:00pm
144 Louis A. Simpson International Building
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 12:00pm

Esther Schor will discuss her new book, “Bridge of Words: Esperanto and the Dream of a Universal Language,” which argues that while Esperanto is known as a “planned” language, Zamenhof deliberately resisted the exhaustive planning of the language, leaving the users of the language to create it over time. Her book surveys the results of his canny choice both in the subsequent history of the movement, and in the conversations that continue to the present day.

Esther Schor, Professor of English at Princeton University, is the author of Emma Lazarus, which received a 2006 National Jewish Book Award, Bearing the Dead: The British Culture of Mourning from the Enlightenment to Victoria, two volumes of poems, and a memoir entitled My Last J-Date.  Her essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Times Literary Supplement, and The New Republic, among other publications.

Sponsored by
The Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication