Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

AN OLD LANGUAGE WITH A GROWING DIGITAL FAN CLUB (Esperanto)

“Esperanto, perhaps the most famously constructed language of them all, first broke onto the scene nearly 130 years ago and was meant to be an easy-to-learn language that would unify all of humanity. (The word itself translates to “one who hopes.”) While it hasn’t done that yet, it’s the most successful (read: widely spoken) constructed language in the world, according to Arika Okrent’s In the Land of Invented Languages, with anywhere from 50,000 and 2 million speakers. And after years of relative stability, it’s seeing a surprising surge in popularity online.

Indeed, Esperanto is the first constructed language to be taught on Duolingo.”

Read more @ http://www.ozy.com/fast-forward/an-old-language-with-a-growing-digital-fan-club/68713

Languages do matter!

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