EAB News 2016-03-16 to 18: Second Buchanan Masterclass
Buchanan Masterclass at the University of Liverpool
The second Buchanan Masterclass was organised by Dr Angela Tellier for the University of Liverpool, with support from EAB, and was hosted at the university's Foresight Centre.
The programme offered three main seminar strands, each comprising eight sessions, with four additional sessions exploring some ticklish aspects of Esperanto grammar, analysed using FDG (Functional Discourse Grammar). Participants were able to mix-and-match sessions according to preference.
Esperanto-related lectures: two evening lectures in English on Esperanto-related topics, given by Professor Duncan Charters on aspects of Spanish literature.
- Esperanto language: (beginners and post-beginners), taught by Anna Löwenstein, a member of the Esperanto Academy, and an author in both English and Esperanto.
- Esperanto literature: a discussion group in English or Esperanto (according to the participants) analysing key Esperanto texts led by Dr Paul Gubbins, president of the Esperanto Association of Britain and editor of Star in a Night Sky, a bilingual anthology from which the texts were drawn.
- Esperantology and Esperanto culture:
- Esperanto grammar: sessions in English exploring some ticklish aspects of Esperanto grammar led by Prof. Wim Jansen, former professor of interlinguistics at the University of Amsterdam.
- Esperanto culture: Professor Duncan Charters and Professor Renato Corsetti each presented sessions for advanced Esperanto speakers.
Speakers Wim Jansen, Duncan Charters, Paul Gubbins, Renato Corsetti, Anna Löwenstein
Evening talks attracted a few additional listeners from the University itself; tea- and meal breaks provided opportunity for conversation and discussion
Two of the younger participants demonstrated what they had learned; even the brand of handwash in the Foresight centre seemed to get into the spirit! ("ĝojo" is the Esperanto word for "joy/happiness")
For more information on this and future Buchanan sessions, and on Esperanto Research, please visit the website www.esperantoresearch.org.uk.
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