Lingua in mundo nostro velociter mutat. Genti movir mucho mucho, necessari trovar hablar novo. If du non parler same sprache, bisognar invent lisan!

Three sentences, each written in a dead language, or at least in a language that is not alive (but do languages really breathe, eat and move about the world as autonomous living beings)? Three sentences: the first in Latin; the second in the lingua franca spoken in the early modern Mediterranean; the third in Europanto, a language invented by Diego Marani to answer the challenge of linguistic complexity in contemporary Europe. Dr. Marani will speak at CES on Thursday as our Distinguished Lecturer on Europe and our contribution to the LSA Language theme semester. We invite the U-M community to join us - to think together about languages, common and uncommon.