As a linguist I’d like to know more about Esperanto. Currently I am writing a book on languages in the world. For my research, I ask ‘real’ speakers of a particular language about their attitudes and opinions. This is why I joined this forum. Unfortunately I don’t speak any Esperanto myself. These are the questions I’d like to discuss with you:
1. What is your first language? (i.e. ‘native’ language, mother tongue - if it is a language other than Esperanto)
2. What other languages do you speak?
3. When did you learn Esperanto?
4. Why did you learn Esperanto? (this can be any reason)
5. When do you use Esperanto? (e.g. in everyday situations, or on special occasions only?)
6. How fluent are you in Esperanto? (as fluent as in your first language?)
7. What role can Esperanto play in today’s world? (e.g. as an international language, or as a 'neutral' language)
8. What do you think of the claim that the only real international language is English, instead of Esperanto?
I’m looking forward to your replies.
Frank van Splunder PhD
Linguapolis / University of Antwerp