Start Date

25-4-2022 9:00 AM

End Date

25-4-2022 12:00 PM

Disciplines

European History | History | Social History

Subjects

Esperanto, Language and languages, Sociolinguistics

Abstract

The constructed language of Esperanto, created by Polish linguist Ludovic Lazarus Zamenhof in 1887, was founded with the intention of facilitating global peace and unification. Due to the mission and philosophy of the language, known as Esperantism, Zamenhof’s invention gained popularity among political reformers and communities facing religious discrimination. Aiming to resolve conflict through common language, Esperantism inspired hope amidst the increasingly oppressive social and political climate present in Eastern Europe and Russia during the early 1900’s. This paper explores the contributing factors to Esperanto’s decline, and the impact of internal conflict, political affiliation, and religious significance on efforts to achieve universal acceptance.

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© 2022 Anabel E. Cull

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Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/37537

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Apr 25th, 9:00 AM Apr 25th, 12:00 PM

Schism and Suppression: Early Threats to the Esperanto Language, and Resulting Impacts on International Acceptance

The constructed language of Esperanto, created by Polish linguist Ludovic Lazarus Zamenhof in 1887, was founded with the intention of facilitating global peace and unification. Due to the mission and philosophy of the language, known as Esperantism, Zamenhof’s invention gained popularity among political reformers and communities facing religious discrimination. Aiming to resolve conflict through common language, Esperantism inspired hope amidst the increasingly oppressive social and political climate present in Eastern Europe and Russia during the early 1900’s. This paper explores the contributing factors to Esperanto’s decline, and the impact of internal conflict, political affiliation, and religious significance on efforts to achieve universal acceptance.