Collective residencies / LINGUISTIC RIGHTS / Olot


From Monday, 26 October 2020 to Monday, 2 November 2020

Translator, interpreter and lecturer


Jan van Steenbergen (1970) studied East European Studies and Slavistics at the University of Amsterdam. Currently, he works as a translator, interpreter (Polish and Dutch) and lecturer (legal translation) in the Netherlands. His linguistic interests are primarily focused on Slavic and constructed languages. As an independent researcher, he has done much research on language creation and interlinguistics, especially on various Pan-Slavic language projects past and present. In addition, he is the author of several constructed languages himself, as well as co-author of the Interslavic language, for which he wrote a grammar, a dictionary and several transliteration programs in JavaScript. Since 2016, he has been Vice President of the Language Creation Society (LCS).


The right to use the language of one’s choice and to be addressed in a language one can understand is of vital importance, but not always obvious in today’s globalized world. During my stay at Faber, I intend to explore various ways in which constructed and semiconstructed languages can contribute to linguistic and cultural diversity: how they can help in building a national or regional identity and strengthen the position of endangered languages and dialects whose existence is jeopardized under the influence of dominant languages.

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