Wim is Professor Emeritus at the University of Amsterdam, where he held the Special Chair of Esperanto and Interlinguistics for 11 years. He has been the Buchanan lecturer for the past 5 years at the University of Liverpool. In addition to Esperanto and Interlinguistics, his research interests include Functional Discourse Grammar, Basque and Esperanto. He is the author of several publications relating to Basque, including a beginners textbook. He has also published in the field of comparative linguistics. He has recently published a two-way Basque-Esperanto dictionary and is currently preparing the bilingual publication of a large collection of Basque proverbs and sayings in Esperanto translation.
Wim, together with Angela Tellier, and the late Paul Gubbins, formed the Buchanan Committee, and played a key role in the provision of high-quality materials for both the annual lectures, and the Masterclasses in 2014 and 2016. Particularly noteworthy are his two Buchanan handbooks on 'Language from Literature' and 'Ticklish Aspects of Esperanto Grammar' which complemented Paul's sessions on literature, drawing examples from the texts Paul used in his sessions. A selection of Wim's work for Buchanan is presented below, including more recent work which complements and extends the unique contribution made by the handbooks.
2017 - 'The limits of language planning'
Presentation given at the 10th Annual International Conference on Languages & Linguistic, 3-7 July, 2017. Athens, Greece.
2017 - 'La sufikso -ec en la Esperanta leksiko'
Eseo rememore pri Michel Duc Goninaz
2016 - 'Esperanto, a gateway to lesser known cultures. Uncovering the phraseological wealth of Basque'
Short epilogue given after the Buchanan lecture, delivered by prof Sabine Fiedler at the University of Liverpool, Thursday, 20 October.
2016 - Ticklish Aspects of Esperanto Grammar: Handbook
John Buchanan Masterclass on Esperanto language, literature, and culture, University of Liverpool, 16–18 March
2014 - Language from Literature: Handbook
John Buchanan Masterclass on Esperanto language, literature, and culture, University of Liverpool, 26–28 March
2013 - 'Language degradation, obsolescence, death, revitalization. How can we reverse the trend?'
The annual Buchanan lecture, University of Liverpool, Thursday October 17th.
2009 - 'Our Language. Why language-users identify with a language: the case of Esperanto.'
The annual Buchanan lecture, University of Liverpool, Thursday November 19th.