Linguistics Without Borders

January 24, 2012

Another fascinating new speaker has joined our ranks, TEDxers. Tim Morley will be taking to the stage in March to talk about an innovative programme for introducing young children to foreign language awareness — by using the constructed language of Esperanto to start them off. Tim works in a number of primary schools around Cambridgeshire, passing on his enthusiasm and love of languages to children as young as 5, and hopes to do the same to the TEDxGranta audience!

Tim Morley - Esperanto Enthusiast
For those of you who can’t wait to start learning, Esperanto is a constructed international language, deriving much of its lexicon from Western European languages, whereas its syntax & morphology are display prominent Slavic influences. It has evolved from a minimalist grammar and vocabulary of bare essentials into a fully-fledged language, with a worldwide community of speakers and the ability to cross linguistic borders1. And you’d be glad to know that it’s easy to learn.

Tim himself is a British Esperanto speaker living in Cambridge. Previously a computer programmer, and nowadays a teacher of English and French, Tim has gained acclaim through his work translating into Esperanto such prominent sites as OpenOffice (in 2002) and PledgeBank (in 2005). Given that Tim has only been speaking Esperanto since 2001, this is no mean feat.

Join Tim on March 9th to learn more about how we can become more linguistically aware, and come away with a broader horizon and a bigger vocabulary.


1 http://www.uea.org/info/angle/an_ghisdatigo.html

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Brian Barker March 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Five British schools have introduced Esperanto in order to test its propaedeutic values. The pilot project is being monitored by the University of Manchester and the initial results are encouraging.

Your readers may be interested in http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=_YHALnLV9XU Professor Piron was a former translator with the United Nations

A glimpse of Esperanto can be seen at http://www.lernu.net

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Neil Blonstein May 23, 2012 at 6:55 pm

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