Esperanto movement

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The Esperanto movement, sometimes referred to as Esperantism (Esperanto: Esperantismo), is a movement to disseminate the use of the planned international language Esperanto.[1] Nowadays the term Esperantism is not much used. People speak rather about the Esperanto movement, a term which is sometimes used even for all people speaking Esperanto including their Esperanto culture (which is not a correct use of the sociological term movement).

The Esperanto movement does not aim to supplant national languages but merely to supplement them.[2]


Esperanto has been placed in a few proposed political situations. The most popular of these is the former minor party Europe—Democracy—Esperanto, which aims to establish Esperanto as the official language of the European Union. Grin's Report, published in 2005 by François Grin found that the use of English language as the lingua franca within the European Union costs billions annually and significantly benefits English-speaking countries financially. The report considered a scenario where Esperanto would be the lingua franca and found that it would have many advantages, particularly economically speaking, as well as ideologically.

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  1. ^ See the definition in the "Deklaracio pri la Esenco de la Esperantismo" ("Bulonja Deklaracio", 1905)
  2. ^ Pierre Janton (1993). Esperanto: Language, Literature, and Community. SUNY Press. p. 33. ISBN 978-0-7914-1253-4.