Esperantic Studies Foundation (ESF) was established in 1968 as a vehicle for promoting scholarly research and dialogue on issues concerned with world language problems and language policy and planning. It works to promote the understanding and implementation of linguistic justice in a multicultural world through three priority areas: Research, Conservation and Education, supported by a system of grants and awards. This blog, ESF Connected, showcases recent activities and achievements within ESF’s priority areas, and the work of ESF and others more generally.

Esperantic Studies Foundation laboras por progresigi la komprenadon kaj praktikadon de lingva justeco en multkultura mondo. ESF ofertas financan subtenon por indaj projektoj, kiuj kuŝas en ĝiaj prioritataj kampoj de Esplorado, Konservado kaj Edukado. Registru vin per la suba panelo por ricevadi tujan anoncon pri la apero de novaj artikoloj.
The Esperanto World Congress that almost did not happen: Barcelona, 1909

The Esperanto World Congress that almost did not happen: Barcelona, 1909

Since their origins, Esperanto World Congresses have been more than a celebration. They are living proof of Esperanto’s success and popularity. The benefits congresses bring to the movement are beyond question and have been thoroughly discussed within both Esperantism and academia. Yet there is more to them. Like Eurovision or the Olympic Games, the World Congresses offer the hosting nation a...

The Esperanto World Congress that almost did not happen: Barcelona, 1909

El Congreso Mundial de Esperanto que casi no sucede: Barcelona, ​​1909

Desde sus orígenes, los Congresos Mundiales de Esperanto han sido más que una celebración. Son la prueba viviente del éxito y la popularidad del Esperanto. Los beneficios que los congresos aportan al movimiento están fuera de toda duda y han sido discutidos a fondo tanto en el esperantismo como en la academia. Sin embargo, es mucho más que eso. Al igual que Eurovisión o los Juegos Olímpicos, los...

The Esperanto World Congress that almost did not happen: Barcelona, 1909

La Universala Kongreso de Esperanto, kiu preskaŭ ne okazis: Barcelono, 1909

Jam de siaj originoj la Universalaj Kongresoj de Esperanto estas pli ol festo. Ili estas vivanta pruvo pri la sukceso kaj populareco de Esperanto. La avantaĝoj portataj de la kongresoj al la movado estas nekontesteblaj kaj oni ĝisfunde diskutis ilin en Esperantujo same kiel en universitatoj. Ili tamen enhavas pli. Kiel Eŭrovido aŭ la Olimpiaj Ludoj, la Universalaj Kongresoj proponas al la...

Early Esperantists in Bohemia: Josef Grňa and Jakub Arbes

Early Esperantists in Bohemia: Josef Grňa and Jakub Arbes

Pardubice. Kutná Hora. Svitavy. Jevíčko. Hradec Králové. Smíchov. Have you ever heard of any of these places? Worry not, me neither – at least not until recently. Let us start with and in Smíchov. In 2020, the ESF generously funded my project “Local Internationalist? Bohemia and Central European Esperantists between the local, national and global (1880s-1920)”. In late August that year, I...

Early Esperantists in Bohemia: Josef Grňa and Jakub Arbes

Fruaj esperantistoj en Bohemujo: Josef Grňa kaj Jakub Arbes

Pardubice. Kutná Hora. Svitavy. Jevíčko. Hradec Králové. Smíchov. Ĉu vi iam ajn aŭdis tiujn loknomojn? Ne zorgu, ankaŭ mi ne – krom nur lastatempe. Ni komencu per kaj en Smíchov. En 2020 ESF malavare subvenciis mian projekton “Ĉu loka internaciisto? Bohemujo kaj centr-eŭropaj esperantistoj inter la loka, nacia kaj tutmonda niveloj (1880-aj ­– 1920)”. En la malfrua parto de la tiujara aŭgusto mi...

From Esperanto to Dothraki: a book review (2)

From Esperanto to Dothraki: a book review (2)

Piperski, Aleksandr: Конструирование языков: от эсперанто до дотракийского ‘Constructing Languages: from Esperanto to Dothraki’. Moscow, Alypina Non-Fikšn 2017, 224 paĝoj. ISBN 978-5-91671-1. This is the second part of a lengthy article by Stanislav Košecký (Slovakia). We published the introduction in August. The book is split into six chapters. The first is entitled An unattainable ideal, and...

From Esperanto to Dothraki: a book review (2)

De Esperanto ĝis Dothraki: librorecenzo (2)

PIPERSKI, Aleksandr: Конструирование языков: от эсперанто до дотракийского ‘La konstruado de lingvoj: de Esperanto ĝis Dothraki’. Moskvo, Alypina Non-Fikšn 2017, 224 paĝoj. ISBN 978-5-91671-1. Jen la dua parto de longa artikolo verkita de Stanislav Košecký (Slovakio), kies enkondukon ni publikigis en aŭgusto. La libro dismembriĝas en ses ĉapitrojn. La unua el ili havas la titolon Neatingebla...

Digitization of Croatian journals co-funded by ESF

Digitization of Croatian journals co-funded by ESF

In mid November 2022, Croatia’s national Esperanto archive, Dokumenta Esperanto-Centro (DEC), completed its very important digitization project for the journals Konkordo (1924–1928), Balkana Konkordo (1931) and La Suda Stelo (1932–1973). Around 4200 pages were involved, which were digitized at DEC’s request by a firm called Point s.l.r. in Varaždin. The project received a grant in June 2022 from...

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Short bilingual announcements of publications and projects
Mallongaj dulingvaj anoncoj pri eldonaĵoj kaj projektoj
Contribute an item · Kontribui eron

How language evolved in Africa · Kiel lingvo evoluis en Afriko

When did humans first begin to speak, which speech sounds were uttered first, and when did language evolve from those humble beginnings? George Poulos, interviewed here, has spent most of his academic career researching the phonetic and linguistic structures of...

The BBC on Interlingua · BBC pri Interlingua

The BBC published a video in Spanish about the constructed language Interlingua on its YouTube channel on 26 January 2023. Journalist Laura García talks concisely and positively about the history and grammar of Interlingua. Linguist Professor Carlos Valcárcel Riveiro...

The universal sound of swearing · La universala sono de sakrado

Swear words across different languages tend to lack certain sounds such as L, R and W, suggests new research. These sounds may appear less offensive to listeners. Sakrovortoj en diversaj lingvoj emas malhavi iujn sonojn kiel L, R kaj Ŭ, laŭ sugesto de nova esploro....

The future of linguistic diversity · La estonteco de lingva diverseco

Language diversity is under threat. While each language is subject to specific social, demographic and political pressures, there may also be common threatening processes. This article in Nature uses an analysis of 6,511 spoken languages with 51 predictor variables...

Master’s programme in Poznań · Magistra programo en Poznano

November 2022 saw the start of the 2-year Master’s programme in interlinguistics as a specialist field of linguistics and information management at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. The roadmap for these unique studies includes subjects from linguistics...

Belarta rikolto 2022

From November the World Esperanto Association (UEA)’s bookshop has been offering the book “Belarta rikolto 2022” (Harvest of Fine Arts 2022), containing the prize-winning works from UEA’s 73rd Fine Arts Contest, as announced this year during the 107th World Congress...

Why does language diversity matter? · Kial gravas lingva diverseco?

This recent article in The New Indian Express summarises the history of India as a linguistically plural nation: “Language is one issue for governments, quite another for the people. Governments look at language as a burden on the exchequer, a potential trigger for...

The 2nd Conference of the Academy · La 2-a Konferenco de la Akademio

Zamenhof Day, 14 December, was originally Esperanto Book Day, and it was the date chosen by the Esperanto Academy for its second conference and the announcement of its laureate for the year. Ten members of the Academy spoke via Zoom about ten aspects of Esperanto that...

Power, lust and zinc · Povo, volupto kaj zinko

From 4 to 12 December 2021 the Dutch city of Maastricht hosted an exhibition entitled Macht, Wellust en Zink (“Power, Lust and Zinc”), which used historical documents and modern installations to recount the history of the industrial landscape and of Neutral Moresnet....

The power of language planning · La potenco de lingvoplanado

An article entitled “Before there was Language Policy, there was Language Planning”, posted in September last year, discusses the goals and consequences of language planning. Artikolo sub la titolo “Antaŭ ol ekzistis lingvopolitiko, ekzistis lingvoplanado”, afiŝita en...

Linguistics and fake news · Lingvistiko kaj falsaj novaĵoj?

A team of linguists at the University of Oslo is working with computer scientists and artificial intelligence researchers to see whether there are linguistic differences between real and fake news texts in Norwegian, English and Russian. Their goal is to improve...

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