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For the first time in Malaysia
three webinars on constructed languages!

Constructed languages (or conlangs) are languages whose phonology, grammar and vocabulary, instead of having developed naturally, are consciously devised for some purpose.

There are three main categories of constructed languages (some basing their vocabulary on existing languages, some invented from scratch): auxiliary languages developed for international communication, such as Esperanto or Interlingua; artistic languages invented to be used in literature or cinema by certain characters from different ages or different worlds, such as Klingon (Star Trek) or Na’vi (Avatar); and engineered languages (philosophical or experimental) developed to test a hypothesis or experiment with novel linguistic features, such as Lojban or Toki Pona.

This series of webinars will focus on three of these languages, each representing one of these categories: Esperanto as the most famous and widespread auxiliary language, Klingon as the most active and popular artistic language, and Toki Pona as the fastest spreading engineered language.

To introduce these three languages, three experts have been called upon:

  1. Prof. Federico Gobbo from the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) for Esperanto,
  2. Dr Chiara Meluzzi from the University of Milan ‘La Statale’ for Klingon, and
  3. Dr Paolo Coluzzi from Universiti Malaya for Toki Pona, who will also moderate the three webinars.
The three talks will take place online at 5 o’clock in the afternoon on the

28 June (Toki Pona)
Dr. Paolo Coluzzi
30 June (Esperanto)
Prof. Federico Gobbo
2 July (Klingon)
Dr. Chiara Meluzzi

For further details, please contact Dr. Paolo Coluzzi (paolo.coluzzi@um.edu.my)

Paolo Coluzzi (Tuesday 28 June 2022, 5.00 pm) - ‘Toki Pona, a minimalist language: how to communicate with only 137 words’

PAOLO COLUZZI (MA University of Exeter, PhD University of Bristol) was born in Milan (Italy) and worked at the University of Brunei before coming to work at the Universiti Malaya twelve years ago.
His research interests are endangered languages, language planning, the linguistic landscape and nationalism. Lately his research interests have included the practical applications of Toki Pona and other constructed languages.
He has published articles in edited books and on several journals, among which: Language Problems and Language Planning, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, International Journal of Multilingualism, Modern Italy, Oceanic Linguistics, Linguistic Landscape: an International Journal, World Englishes, International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Multilingua.
He contributes regularly to the monthly online magazine in Toki Pona lipu tenpo.
His first academic article on Toki Pona has recently come out on Language Problems and Language Planning.

Federico Gobbo (Thursday 30 June 2022, 5.00 pm) - ‘Esperanto, an international language from project to life’

FEDERICO GOBBO (1974) is full professor at the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) by special appointment (in Dutch: bijzonder Hoogleraar) in Interlinguistics and Esperanto. He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Turin in Italy and at the Nanjing University in China.
He participates in various EU-funded projects (MIME, LITHME, APPLY).
He got his PhD in Computer Science, defended in 2009 at the University of Insubria (Varese-Como, Italy), with a dissertation on constructive adpositional grammars (CxAdGrams).
His main research interests are Language Policy and Planning (in particular: Interlinguistics, Esperanto Studies, Contested Languages, Mobility and Multilingualism); Constructive Linguistics (in particular: Adpositional Argumentation, Language Acquisition in the Montessori Method); Philosophy of Ideas (in particular: Philosophy of Information). His publications appear in several languages, mainly in English, Italian, Esperanto (in order of importance).

Chiara Meluzzi (Saturday 2 July 2022, 5.00 pm) - ‘Speaking like an alien: sounds and grammar of Star Trek Klingon’

CHIARA MELUZZI is senior researcher in Linguistics at the University of Milan “La Statale”, where she teaches General Linguistics for the BA in Liberal Studies in Communication. Her research focuses on sociophonetics of Italian, forensic linguistics and phonetics, and invented languages.
She is associate editor of the journal Estudios de Fonética Experimental and of the Peter Lang book series Language and Forensics. When she does not measure sounds, she speaks Klingon (or, at least, she tries to) with other fellow Trekkies.


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