Re: Esperanto and sexless language

Subject: Re: Esperanto and sexless language
From: Karen Kay <karenk -at- NETCOM -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 1994 10:06:28 -0800

Ellen Adams said:
> Since Esperanto is a mish-mash of European languages,
> who is a native speaker of Esperanto?

Mishmash is unkind, I think. It was designed to combine features of
several European languages.

As for native speakers, those who are brought up speaking it, of
course! Rabid esperantists speak it at home, and they breed!

> I know there are many Esperanto clubs, but not one country has adopted it as
an official language, and no major political organization uses it as an
> language. That's what I meant about not catching on...

No, but it *has* spread all over the world. And Esperantists tell
stories about being stuck in a foreign country and only being saved by

> I'm still glad our international docs aren't done in Esperanto, and
> we don't have to use sie or hir.

The two things aren't connected, I should hasten to add.

karenk -at- netcom -dot- com

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