ERIC Number: ED401714
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
L'esperanto et le plurilinguisme de l'avenir: Entretien avec Umberto Eco (Esperanto and the Multilingualism of the Future: Interview with Umberto Eco).
Ertl, Istvan; Lo Jacomo, Francois
Excerpts of the interview with Umberto Eco, a prominent semiotician, by two specialists in Esperanto focused on the role of translation, which paradoxically appears to be essential for the existence of a universal language such as Esperanto. Topics addressed include the perceived conflict between the existence of a "perfect," universal language and the need for translation, bilingualism and the role of native languages, the function of a universal language, the politics of international linguistics, theoretical vs. practical considerations in imposition/adoption of a universal language, the role of language in creating world vision, the specific current situation of Esperanto, national languages, and fear of English as an international language. The text is entirely in French. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Universal Esperanto Association, Rotterdam (Netherlands).