Esperanto - a hopeless project?

Pascale Janine Diggelmann, Emeline Mylène Solange Hetroy, Astrid Lindgreen Hjermind, Juliet Eline Holm & Signe Marie Jensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project examines whether Esperanto is a hopeless project or not. We approach this through elaborating on Esperanto’s current position and its potential in a globalised society. Thus, we investigate Esperanto’s creation, features, and neutral status. Furthermore we discuss why Esperanto has not yet become the preferred international auxiliary language. Prior to the discussion, the motivations to learning a second language in general and Esperanto in particular are elaborated and then compared to English. Moreover the attitudes towards Esperantists and arguments against the language are analysed. The expectancies for Esperanto determine whether it is a hopeless project or not. However, it will take some effort in order to achieve Zamenhof’s goals of being both a global lingua franca and a language of reconciliation.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato16 jan. 2012
VejledereHartmut Haberland


  • Esperanto
  • motivation
  • pasporta servo
  • Zamenhof
  • learning
  • language
  • Q-value
  • International auxiliary language
  • second language
  • international