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.

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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...

Bulletin · Bulteno

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

Marjorie Boulton: Unu animo homa

A two-volume collection of the complete poetic works of Marjorie Boulton has been published by Esperanto Association of Britain. Over 1200 pages long, Unu animo homa, a title taken from her poem “Aliĝilo”, contains all of her books of poetry, starting with her debut...

Call for IKU talks in Turin · IKU-prelegoj petataj por Torino

The 108th World Esperanto Congress in Turin will include the 76th session of the International Congress University (IKU). UEA asks that proposals for IKU talks be submitted by 31 January 2023. In connection with the IKU the International Academy of Sciences (AIS) will...

The future of linguistic diversity · La estontecto de lingva diverseco

A study in the magazine Nature finds that contact with other languages is not a driver of language loss, but that formal education and a greater density of roads can be. Studo en la anglalingva revuo Naturo trovas, ke kontakto kun aliaj lingvoj ne kaŭzas lingvoperdon,...

Changing the definition of love · Ŝanĝi la difinon de amo

The definition of the word láska “love” in the Dictionary of the Contemporary Slovak Language no longer mentions opposite sexes, thus reflecting reality. This article talks about why the change took place in the week after a terrorist attack on Bratislava’s Zámocká...

Public-Speaking Competition · Oratora Konkurso

As part of Esperanto’s 3rd Virtual Congress there will be a Public-Speaking Competition, open to congress members of up to 35 years of age. Participants will speak in Esperanto for a maximum of ten minutes on one of the following topics: “When an Indigenous language...

3rd Virtual Congress and Retoso · 3-a Virtuala Kongreso kaj Retoso

Suggest items for Esperanto’s 3rd Virtual Congress (VK), to be held from 24 to 27 November 2022 alongside Retoso, the online event of the World Esperanto Youth Organization (TEJO). Proposals for talks, panels, debates, author appearances, artistic and cultural...

Thinking with your hands · Pensado per la manoj

Demonstration of embodied cognition mechanisms in the brain could have implications for artificial intelligence. In a recent study, scientists observed how the brain responds to words representing objects that can be manipulated by hand, when a participant's hands...

AI learns human language patterns · AI lernas homlingvajn strukturojn

On its own, a new machine-learning model can discover linguistic rules that often match up with those created by human experts. Human languages are notoriously complex, and linguists have long thought it would be impossible to teach a machine how to analyze speech...

Watch Your Language · Atentu vian lingvon

A recent article by Steven Mintz, professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin, examines how language became a key cultural, ideological and political battleground: “Of all the traditional humanities disciplines, only one has consistently grown:...

Shakespeare myths · Ŝekspiraj mitoj

A short online article discusses five myths about Shakespeare’s contribution to the English language. Mallonga anglalingva artikolo diskutas kvin mitojn pri la kontribuoj de Ŝekspiro al tiu lingvo.

Babies and contrastive sounds · Beboj kaj kontrastaj sonoj

A recent study sheds light on how babies learn to distinguish contrastive sounds (big, pig) in their own language while rapidly losing the ability to distinguish the contrastive sounds of other languages. Building on their previous research, the authors suggest that...

New book on Esperanto morphology · Nova libro pri Esperanta morfologio

During this summer’s 56th Baltic Esperanto Days gathering in Klaipėda, Ryszard Rokicki presented his new book Enkonduko en la morfologion de Esperanto (Introduction to the morphology of Esperanto). Rokicki has spent nearly 50 years working on Esperantology. En la 56aj...

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