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Book: The 5-Minute Linguist

Chapter: 17. What Ever Happened to Esperanto?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.38136

Blurb:

The only proposal of an international language that had lasting success was Esperanto, invented in Poland in the late nineteenth century by Ludwig Zamenhof. It was created in 1887, got a boost in popularity in the 1920s and even became a candidate to be the official language of the League of Nations. Esperanto is by far the most successful language in the long history of language invention. It isn’t a universal language, and it’s unlikely to become one, but it has become a living language.

Chapter Contributors

  • Arika Okrent (Okrent@equinoxpub.com - aokrent) 'Journalist'
  • E. M. Rickerson (rickersone@bellsouth.net - erickerson) 'College of Charleston'