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Did Zamenhof recommend this usage of apostrophe in the H-System?

La Vikipedio has the following passage: Por eviti la ambiguecon en tiu sistemo en vortoj kiel flughaveno, chashundo, traumata (ĉu traŭmata aŭ tra-um-ata?), oni devas aldone uzi alian montrilon. ...
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Why Esperanto uses "j" in the plural instead of "s"?

Is there any historical reason for this? do any languages use "j" to indicate the plural?
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Ekde kiam oni celebras Esperanto-Tagon / Tago de Esperanto (26-a de julio)? Since when is Esperanto Day (July 26) being observed?

Esperanto-Tago / Tago de Esperanto en la 26-a julio memorigas evento de la jaro 1887. Sed ekde kiam oni celebras ĝin en tiu dato? En kiu jaro oni unue festis aŭ aktivis pri ĝi? Esperanto Day on July ...
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Esperanto evolution from "unua libro" to "fundamento"

What changes did Zamenhof made to Esperanto from the publication of the Unua libro to La Fundamento de Esperanto. I only found the evolution of (correlatives) -an to -am. I wondered if there were any ...
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Who interviewed whom?

The Vikipedio article on Steve Allen says that Steve Allen interviewed Esperantist William Harmon about Esperanto, but I would have thought it would be the other way around. Is this just a glitch in ...
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Who is "Kola Adzaj" - an African Esperantist present at the 1937 World Congress in Warsaw, Poland?

In a text written in Hebrew, it's author, Polish Jewish esperantist Icchak Kominkowski, speaks about a friend named "Kola Adzaj", from Africa, who visited Warsaw at the occasion of the 1937 World ...
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What are origins of basic suffixes?

Is there an explicit reason for -o, -a, -e, -i? The longer ones vaguely remind me of similar words/constructs in different languages that influenced Esperanto, but the very basic ones seem completely ...
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Kial nomiĝas la pilko en futbalo 'piedpilko', kaj ne futbalpilko?

Mi komprenas kial futbalo estas pli klara ol piedpilko, sed tio ĉi ne havas sencon por mi.
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Kion Zamenhof uzis anstataŭ «pluraj»?

Mi freŝe rimarkis, ke laŭ PIV, Zamenhof neniam uzis la vorton «pluraj». Plie la vortaro de Louis de Beaufront — aprobita de Zamenhof — ne enhavas ĝin. Mi ankaŭ ne povis trovi ĝin en la tekstoj de ...
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Has Esperanto ever been successfully reformed?

Many people have tried to change Esperanto to their own liking. Have any reform proposals ever entered the general language? (Are there, for example, Ido elements in current usage? – No this is not an ...
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Who helped Michael Jackson write Esperanto?

Few people know this, but Esperanto has probably never enjoyed more airtime than on June 14 1995, when 60 million people watched Diane Sawyer’s live interview of Michael Jackson and his wife Lisa ...
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How often are new loans fully integrated into Esperanto?

The borrowing of vocabulary is part and parcel of natural language evolution. Although Esperanto is now without doubt a full living language, it is nevertheless somewhat unusual as it is still spoken ...
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What are the big events that help spread the Esperanto Language

I am looking at the history of the Esperanto Language I wonder what are the big events (old or recent) that helped to spread or just get people know that the language exists Starting the list ...
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Kio estas la vera signifo de "muĝi"?

Laŭ PIV, «muĝi» signifas: 1. Bleki, kiel bovo. 2. (figurasence) Aŭdigi fortan, obtuzan, longe tiratan sonon: muĝanta popolamaso. Ŝajnas do, ke «bleki kiel bovo» estas la precipa signifo, ĉu ne? ...
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When did Couturat say Esperanto lacks recursion?

I saw on a few Wikipedia pages that René de Saussure apparently “opposed the criticism of Louis Couturat that Esperanto lacks recursion”. However, the previous sentence talks about the principle of “...
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Why was "kaj" chosen?

The conjunction "and" is so universal and ubiquitous that languages in which it is more than one letter tend to shorten it (English &, German u., both having existed for centuries if I'm not ...
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Why is Ŭ the only hat-letter [Ĉ, Ĝ, Ĥ, Ĵ, Ŝ, Ŭ] that doesn't use a circumflex?

All of the Esperanto diacritic characters use a circumflex except for Ŭ. Is there a reason that the letter ended up this way. Why isn't it Û instead, to go better with the other diacritic characters?
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How has Linux geek culture reacted to Esperanto over the years?

In this question there is an answer that comments "There was for a long time resistance in some parts of the Linux world to Esperanto, so it seems it was only this year that the Esperanto localization ...
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What were Clarence Bicknell's Esperanto translations of Alfred Tennyson's poems published in?

I've found a lot of places claiming that he produced these translations, but no one seems to know where they were published(or whether they still exist at all in any format, for that matter).
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What was the first Esperanto telegram ever sent?

I remember somewhere reading that in some year Esperanto was approved as a language for use in telegraphy, so that it would cost less than being calculated as a telegram written in code, but currently ...
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Kiel pluramemo iĝis populara en Esperantio?

Mi multe aŭdis ke inter la parolantoj de la lingvo Esperanto ekzistas sufiĉe granda elcento de homoj, kiuj vivas en pluramemaj rilatoj. Ekzemple, la anoj de tre konata muzikbando "La Perdita ...
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Is there a biography about Verda Majo?

I've been looking for a book of some kind about Teru Hasegawa and, so far, I've only found one PDF from the university of Heidelberg.
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What are the most common misconceptions about Esperanto?

Sometimes otherwise well educated people, can say the strangest things about Esperanto and its speakers. What are the most common misconceptions, prejudice and myths that we face? Are these ...
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Why do so many prejudices and misinformation exist about Esperanto?

I often heard so many misbeliefs about Esperanto, from people who know absolutely nothing about the language. Sadly, those who spread those rumors are often well educated people. The common mistakes ...
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Why are so many Esperanto word roots derived from French?

As stated in esperanto.net FAQ About 75 % of Esperanto's vocabulary comes from Latin and Romance languages (especially French), about 20 % comes from Germanic languages (German and English), and ...
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Was Zamenhof wanting to introduce ambiguity with the plural -i instead of -oj?

In Reformed Esperanto, and also at the start of Esperanto, Zamenhof wanted to introduce plurals using -i instead of the Greek influenced -oj. Was he planning on introducing another infinitive (like ...
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Why doesn't Esperanto use "neutral" days and months?

With its building block style, and being a new language, why did Esperanto use existing variations of days and months, instead of a neutral, generic, building block approach, for example using ...
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How did Ido influence Esperanto grammatically?

As far as I know, some Esperantist were unhappy with some grammar constructs and branched the language. How did Ido influence Esperanto from the grammatical point of view since then?
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Kiel Volapüko influis Esperanton?

Antaŭ la kreado de Esperanto jam ekzistis planlingvo nomata Volapük. Post la eldono de la Unua Libro, multaj Volapükkluboj iĝis Esperantaj kluboj. Sed kiel Volapüko influis Esperanton? Ĉu oni uzas ...
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What is the origin of the Esperanto green star ("Verda Stelo")?

What is the origin of the Esperanto green star symbol (Verda Stelo)?
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Why are country names in Esperanto so "irregular"?

One of the selling points of Esperanto is its regularity. However, one area where I have noticed this is not the case is in country names. As far as I can tell there are at least three competing ...
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Are there good reasons for the prefixes and suffixes in the table of correlatives?

Zamenhof's innovation of the table of correlatives (AFAIK the first one in any language) is brilliant, but I was always a little perplexed by some of the oddities in it. So I am wondering if anyone ...
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Why is Esperanto popular in Iran?

Is there a reason why Esperanto is a lot more popular in Iran, compared to some countries like Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa?
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What is the link between billionaire investor George Soros and Esperanto?

I have sometimes heard the name George Soros thrown around as a possible financier of different Esperanto projects. Is this only done as a joke, or does he actually have some involvement with ...
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How do you become "Esperantist of the Year" (Esperantisto de la Jaro)?

"Esperantisto de la Jaro" is a famous title given every year by the periodical La Ondo de Esperanto. The award recipient is selected by an international jury led by Halina Gorecka, without any clear ...
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