Photographer: Jeroen Oerlemans

prof. dr. F. (Federico) Gobbo

Interlinguïstiek en Esperanto (bijzondere leerstoel vanwege de vereniging Universala Esperanto-Asocio)
  • Faculty of Humanities
    Capaciteitsgroep Taalwetenschap
  • Visiting address
    P.C. Hoofthuis
    Spuistraat 134  Room number: 630
  • Postal address:
    Spuistraat  134
    1012 VB  Amsterdam
    T: 0205254884

Federico Gobbo studied Communication and New Media at the University of Torino, Italy, when he obtain his MA in 1997, then in 2000 he worked as a Laboratory Assistant at the University of Milano, Italy, for a post-MA program in Digital Humanities (MICSU), organized jointly by the Departments of Computer Science and Philosophy. After receiving an Italian research grant on e-learning at the University of Insubria, Varese-Como, Italy, he obtained the PhD in Computer Science at the same venue in 2009, with a dissertation on adpositional grammars. 

His research interests and teaching experience come across the areas of Linguistics, Philosophy and Computing. His main topic of interest is artificiality in languages. For 'languages', this mainly means planned languages, such as International Auxiliary Languages (IALs) like Esperanto and Volapük but also languages planned for fictional purposes like Star Trek's Klingon. Lesser used and minority languages share some sociolinguistic traits with planned languages in their process of revitalization and promotion ('Ausbauization'). Moreover, a special focus is given on the issues of multilingualism and Language Policy and Planning (LPP), including the problems of mobility, integration, inclusion and language rights in the information society, seen from the prospective of Philosophy of Information.




2014-present University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2014-present University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy

2011-present University of Turin, Italy

2012-2013 University of L'Aquila, Italy

2012, jan–feb Nanjing University, China

2009-2012 University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy

2005-2012 University of Insubria, Varese-Como, Italy


University of Milano-Bicocca, 2014-2016. EU-funded (7FP) project Mobility and Integration in a Multilingual Europe (MIME). Area: Linguistics and Education Sciences. € 20,000

University of L’Aquila, DISIM, 2012-2013. Title: Emepolis. Area: Smartphone and social networks for the e-gov (C2G) of L’Aquila. € 18,000

University of Insubria, DICOM, 2009-2010. Title: Theory and practice on new texts. Area: Computing and Philosophy applied to Web 2.0. € 18,000

University of Insubria, DICOM, 2004-2005. Title: language structure aspects in the design of e-learning for robotics. Part of the TIGER Project (Italian FIRB). € 18,000

Book review editor of Language Problems and Language Planning (LPLP, John Benjamins) since 2005.

Honorary Adjunct in Cybernetics (Comp. Ling.) at the International Academy of Sciences, San Marino.

Sejong Prize for the Best Linguistic Paper in the Journal of Universal Language Year 2013. 

Lapenna Prize for the Best Master's thesis in Interlinguistics of the Year. Foundation Ivo Lapenna 

Reviewer for many academic journals and conferences. 


  • Gobbo, F. (2018). Malantaŭ la kurteno: Esperanto kiel lingvoinventaĵo. In Aliroj al esperanto (pp. 101-114). Dobřichovice: Kava-Pech.
  • Iannàccaro, G., Gobbo, F., & Dell'Aquila, V. (2018). The assessment of sociolinguistic justice: parameters and models of analysis. In M. Gazzola, T. Templin, & B-A. Wickström (Eds.), Language Policy and Linguistic Justice: Economic, Philosophical and Sociolinguistic Approaches (pp. 363-391). Cham: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-75263-1_12  [details] 


  • Gobbo, F. (2017). Are planned languages less complex than natural languages? Language Sciences, 60, 36-52. DOI: 10.1016/j.langsci.2016.10.003  [details] 
  • Gobbo, F. (2017). Beyond the Nation-State? The Ideology of the Esperanto Movement between Neutralism and Multilingualism. Social Inclusion, 5(4), 38-47. DOI: 10.17645/si.v5i4.1140  [details] 
  • Gobbo, F. (2017). Gloria e caduta del Volapük. L' Esperanto, 94(3), 19-21. [details] 
  • Gobbo, F. (2017). Lingue inventate: Quando una lingua non è 'naturale'. In F. Masini, & N. Grandi (Eds.), Tutto ciò che hai sempre voluto sapere sul linguaggio e sulle lingue (pp. 109-112). Cesena: Caissa Italia. [details] 
  • Gobbo, F. (2017). The Lexicography of Esperanto. In P. Hanks, & G-M. de Schryver (Eds.), International Handbook of Modern Lexis and Lexicography Berlin: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-45369-4_88-1  [details] 
  • Bonazzoli, C., Gastaldi, F., & Gobbo, F. (2017). L’invenzione linguistica alla scuola primaria: La didattica dell’italiano nell’esperienza montessoriana. Giornale Italiano della Ricerca Educativa, 10(Numero speciale), 75-88. [details] 


  • Gobbo, F. (2016). Linguistic Justice, van Parijs, and Esperanto. Acta Universitatis Sapientiae. European and Regional Studies, 9, 55-61. DOI: 10.1515/auseur-2016-0008  [details] 
  • Gobbo, F. (2016). 'Lingvo Internacia' aŭ 'internacia ligneo'? Kelkaj konsideroj pri la origina nomo de Esperanto en diakrona perspektivo. In S. Košecký (Ed.), Prilingve en Nitro politike, historie, teorie, instrue: Fakaj prelegoj prezentitaj kadre de la 101-a Universala Kongreso de Esperanto (pp. 149-158). Rotterdam: Universala Esperanto-Asocio. [details] 
  • Gobbo, F. (2016). Approaches to multilingualism of Esperanto speakers. In D. Tekeliová (Ed.), Perspectives of language communication in the EU (pp. 69-80). Nitra: Costantine the Philosopher University in Nitra - Faculty of Central European Studies.
  • Gobbo, F. (2016). Il fascino discreto dell’interlinguistica in Giuseppe Peano e nei matematici suoi contemporanei. In F. Ferrara, L. Giacardi, & M. Mosca (Eds.), Conferenze e Seminari dell'Associazione Subalpina Mathesis 2015-2016 (pp. 13-26). Torino: Kim Williams Books. [details] 
  • Gobbo, F. (2016). Inventare lingue segrete alla scuola primaria: due laboratori per l'orientamento al multilinguismo. In Lingua, politica, cultura: Serta gratulatoria in honorem Renato Corsetti (pp. 285-304). New York: Mondial.
  • Gobbo, F. (2016). The Unavoidable Charm of the Superintelligence and Its Risk. APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers, 15(2), 11-12. [details] 
  • Gobbo, F. (2016). [Review of: N. Stojanović (2014) Dialogo sulle quote: Rappresentanza, eguaglianza e discriminazione nelle democrazie multiculturali]. Language Problems and Language Planning, 40(1), 108-111. DOI: 10.1075/lplp.40.1.09gob  [details] 
  • Gobbo, F., & Benini, M. (2016). What Can We Know of Computational Information? Measuring, Quantity, and Quality at Work in Programmable Artifacts. Topoi, 35(1), 203-212. DOI: 10.1007/s11245-014-9248-5  [details] 
  • Gobbo, F., & Miola, E. (2016). Modificare l’immagine linguistica: Esperanto e piemontese a confronto. In G. Agresti, & J-G. Turi (Eds.), Représentations sociales des langues et politiques linguistiques: Déterminismes, implications, regards croisés: Actes du premier congrés mondial des droits linguistiques, Teramo-Giulianova-Villa Badessa, 19-23 mai 2015 (pp. 287-304). (Lingue d'Europa e del Mediterraneo; Vol. 12). Canterano: Aracne Editrice. [details] 


  • Gobbo, F. (2015). Du esearoj, du Zamenhofoj [Review of: A. Korĵenkov (2011) Homarano: La vivo, verkoj kaj ideoj de d-ro L. L. Zamenhof; J. Amouroux, Z. Banet-Fornalowa (2008) Por ke la tagoj de la homaro estu pli lumaj: La originala verkaro de Lidia Zamenhof]. Beletra Almanako, 23, 133-135. [details] 
  • Gobbo, F. (2015). Machine Translation as a complex system, and the phenomenon of Esperanto. Interdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems, 13(2), 264-274. DOI: 10.7906/indecs.13.2.6  [details] 
  • Gobbo, F. (2015). Transnational communication in a 'glocalized' world: in search of balanced multilingualism. Język, Komunikacja, Informacja, 10, 196-208. [details] 
  • Gobbo, F., & Benini, M. (2015). Why zombies cannot write significant source code: The Knowledge Game and the art of computer programming. Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence, 27(1), 37-50. DOI: 10.1080/0952813X.2014.940142  [details] 
  • Astori, D., Gazzola, M., & Gobbo, F. (2015). Erster Weltkongress über Sprachenrechte. Interlinguistische Informationen, 96-97(3-4), 4-5. [1.3]. [details] 
  • Di Mascio, T., Gobbo, F., & Tarantino, L. (2015). Requirements and Open Issues for ISs Supporting Dynamic Community Bonding in Emergency Situations. In T. Torre, A. M. Braccini, & R. Spinelli (Eds.), Empowering Organizations (pp. 257-271). (Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation; No. 11). Berlin: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-23784-8_20  [details] 


  • Gobbo, F. (2014). Interlinguistics and Esperanto studies at universities: The experience at the University of Turin. Language Problems and Language Planning, 38(3), 292-303. DOI: 10.1075/lplp.38.3.04gob  [details] 
  • Gobbo, F. (2014). Interlingvistiko kaj historio de informadiko en Budapeŝto. Informilo por Interlingvistoj, 90, 4. [details] 
  • Gobbo, F. (2014). Pri multlingvismo en Ĝenevo. Informilo por Interlingvistoj, 90, 3-4. [details] 
  • Gobbo, F., & Benini, M. (2014). The Minimal Levels of Abstraction in the History of Modern Computing. Philosophy & Technology, 27(3), 327-343. DOI: 10.1007/s13347-012-0097-0  [details] 
  • Benini, M., & Gobbo, F. (2014). Algorithms and Their Explanations. In A. Beckmann, E. Csuhaj-Varjú, & K. Meer (Eds.), Language, Life, Limits: 10th Conference on Computability in Europe, CiE 2014, Budapest, Hungary, June 23-27, 2014: proceedings (pp. 32-41). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 8493). Cham: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-08019-2_4  [details] 
  • Memarovic, N., Fels, S., Anacleto, J., Calderon, R., Gobbo, F., & Carroll, J. M. (2014). Rethinking Third Places: Contemporary Design With Technology. The Journal of Community Informatics, 10(3). [details] 


  • Gobbo, F. (2013). Learning Linguistics by Doing: The Secret Virtues of a Language Constructed in the Classroom. Journal of Universal Language, 14(2), 113-135.
  • Gobbo, F. (2013). Universitato de Torino (IT): Retrospektive al kursoj pri interlingvistiko en la lastaj jaroj. Informilo por Interlingvistoj, 86, 7-9.
  • Gobbo, F. (2013). Utopio iĝis realo: resumo de la prelego pri la Esperanto-Urboj en Pescara, Italio. Informilo por Interlingvistoj, 84-85, 3-4.
  • Gobbo, F., & Benini, M. (2013). Dependency and Valency: From Structural Syntax to Constructive Adpositional Grammars. In K. Gerdes, E. Hajičová, & L. Wanner (Eds.), Computational dependency theory (pp. 113-135). (Frontiers in artificial intelligence and applications; Vol. 258). Amsterdam: IOS Press. DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-352-0-113 
  • Gobbo, F., & Benini, M. (2013). From Ancient to Modern Computing: A History of Information Hiding. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 35(3), 33-39. DOI: 10.1109/MAHC.2013.1 


  • Gobbo, F. (2012). Lingvoplanado kaj Planlingvoj ĉe la Universitato de Torino. Informilo por Interlingvistoj, 81, 10-11.


  • Gobbo, F. (2011). The Case of Correlatives: A Comparison between Natural and Planned Languages. Journal of Universal Language, 12(2), 45-79.
  • Gobbo, F., & Benini, M. (2011). Constructive Adpositional Grammars: Foundations of Constructive Linguistics. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.



  • Gobbo, F. (2016). Lingua, politica, cultura: Serta gratulatoria in honorem Renato Corsetti. New York: Mondial. [details] 
  • Gobbo, F. (2016). I fratelli de Saussure e l'esperanto. L' Esperanto, 95(4).
  • Gobbo, F. (2016). Il difficile compito di classificare le lingue pianificate. L' Esperanto, 93, 19-23.
  • Gobbo, F. (2016). La convergenza tra pianificazione linguistica e lingue pianificate. L' Esperanto, 94(2).
  • Gobbo, F. (2016). Prefazione. In I. Caligaris (Ed.), Una lingua per tutti, una lingua di nessun paese: una ricerca sul campo sulle identità esperantiste (pp. 11-20). Ariccia: Aracne. [details] 
  • Gobbo, F., Adami, I., Bonazzoli, C., & Pradella, P. (2016). Orientation Towards Multilingualism in Class: A Montessori Experience. AMI Journal, 2014-2015, 87-92. [details] 


  • Gobbo, F. (2014). List of Selected Information Literacy Resources Available in the Esperanto (Esperanta lingvo) Language. In F. W. Horton (Ed.), Overview of Information Literacy Resources Worldwide. - 2nd ed. (pp. 209-211). Paris: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. [details] 


  • Gobbo, F. (2009). Fondamenti di interlinguistica ed esperantologia: Pianificazione linguistica e lingue pianificate. Milano: Raffaello Cortina Editore.


  • Gobbo, F. (2014). [Review of: A. Bastardas-Boada (2012) Language and identity policies in the ‘glocal’ age: New processes, effect, and principles of organization]. Language Problems and Language Planning, 38(1), 87-90. DOI: 10.1075/lplp.38.1.05gob  [details] 


  • Gobbo, F. (2013). [Review of: N. Calzolari, B. Magnini (2012) The Italian language in the digital age = La lingua italiana nell'era digitale]. Language Problems and Language Planning, 37(2), 199-201. DOI: 10.1075/lplp.37.2.06gob 
  • Gobbo, F. (2013). [Review of: S. Čoliċ (2011) Eŭropa Unio hieraŭ hodiaŭ morgaŭ: lingvaj kaj kulturaj aspektoj: referaĵoj kaj diskutintervenoj]. Language Problems and Language Planning, 37(1), 75-77. DOI: 10.1075/lplp.37.1.06gob 

Scientific position

  • Gobbo, F. (2017-). Secretary, GSPL - Gruppo di Studio sulle Politiche Linguistiche della SLI (Società di Linguistica Italiana).

Media appearance

  • Gobbo, F. (04-12-2017). Il sogno di una lingua parlata in tutto il mondo [Television]. Il sogno di una lingua parlata in tutto il mondo.
  • Gobbo, F. (04-12-2017). Il sogno di una lingua parlata in tutto il mondo [Television] Tagadà. Il sogno di una lingua parlata in tutto il mondo.
  • Gobbo, F. (21-04-2017). Is Zamenhof's philosophy still actual?. La Zamenhofa filozofio: ĉu daŭre aktuala?.
  • Gobbo, F. (14-04-2017). Da Star Trek al latino sine flexione gli idiomi inventati sono seimila [Print] La Stampa. Da Star Trek al latino sine flexione gli idiomi inventati sono seimila.

Talk / presentation

  • Gobbo, F. (speaker) & Bonazzoli, C. (speaker) (26-5-2016). L'invenzione linguistica come ponte interculturale: due laboratori in una scuola primaria Montessori, Building bridges / Tra le due sponde, Milano, Italy.
  • Gobbo, F. (speaker) (15-3-2016). The art of language invention in school: Two language laboratories in a Montessori school in Milan, Expertmeeting Meertaligheid in het Basis- en Voortgezet Onderwijs. Mobility and Inclusion in Multilingual Europe (MIME). , Amsterdam, Netherlands.


  • Marácz, L. (participant), Mamadouh, V. D. (participant), Weerman, F. P. (participant), Gobbo, F. (participant), Kuiken, F. (participant), Houtkamp, C. A. (participant) & El Ayadi, N. (participant) (27-6-2018). Meertaligheid in het Amsterdamse onderwijs, Amsterdam, Netherlands (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Gobbo, F. (organiser) (13-12-2017 - 15-12-2017). The heritage and legacy of Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof between Judaism and Esperanto, Warsaw, Poland (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Gobbo, F. (participant) (25-5-2017 - 28-5-2017). scenario-forum conference 2017, Cork, Ireland (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Gobbo, F. (participant) (19-4-2017 - 21-4-2017). First International Conference on Revitalization of Indigenous and Minoritized Languages, Barcelona, Spain (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).


  • Gobbo, F. (2009). Adpositional grammars: a multilingual grammar formalism for NLP Varese


  • Gobbo, F., & Durnová, H. (2014). From Universal to Programming Languages. Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication [etc.]. [details] 
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    Docentschap (Torino)
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