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International Handbook of Modern Lexis and Lexicography

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The lexicography of Esperanto

  • Federico GobboAffiliated withFaculty of Humanities, Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication, University of Amsterdam Email author 


Esperanto is the most successful planned language in the history of humankind. In fact, it succeeded to form a stable community of practice that has now lasted for more than a century, surviving two world wars. The language has been almost naturalized, as it is also used in multilingual families, even though they do not set the linguistic norm. Over time, the actual language use has changed according to the communicative needs and the linguistic repertoire of its speakers, with implications for lexicography, which is the topic of this chapter.