Tellier, A. 'W. E. Collinson: German, Esperanto and Interlinguistics at the University of Liverpool'

The University of Liverpool is once again hosting the annual Buchanan Esperanto lecture: Thursday 22nd October, University of Liverpool, 4.30 - 7.00pm (Lecture begins at 5.00pm)

W. E. Collinson: German, Esperanto and Interlinguistics at the University of Liverpool (Dr Angela Tellier)

Appointed as Chair of German at the University of Liverpool in 1914 at the age of 25, Collinson remained in post for 40 years, nurturing the Department through two world wars. An experienced and eminent linguist, Collinson was also a dedicated and lifelong Esperanto speaker, becoming a key figure in the histories and traditions of Esperanto and language-based activities at the University, including the relatively new field of Interlinguistics. An influential member of the International Auxiliary Language Association (IALA) until the late thirties, he was much involved with Jespersen, Alice Vanderbilt Morris and other famous linguists in the study of international languages. He was the first, and longest-serving Buchanan lecturer. His most widely read work remains the traditional student volume co-authored with Priebsch on the history of the German language.

The lecture was followed by An introduction to original Esperanto Literature (Dr Paul Gubbins). A foretaste of one of the three study strands on offer at the three-day John Buchanan Masterclass (March 16-18 2016)

Presentation Date: 

Thursday, October 22, 2015


Taylor Room, Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool