Pagano to Romano: Esperanto is not anti-English!
Rome, February 27 2007
Statement by Giorgio Pagano, Secretary of the "Esperanto" Radical Association for Linguistic Democracy
Today, on the Corsera, with a title that reads "Esperanto Against English," Sergio Romano answers a reader’s question on whether the common European language is monopolizing and reducing the rights and domain of non-English speaking cultures.
According to me, Romano answered incorrectly, for two reasons:
1) Esperanto is not against the English language, it is simply a widespread public alternative for international communication and, as such, it shoud be legally re-inforced by politicians who fight for a Europe that does not have cultures or circles that are privileged by birth or that have the simple economic advantage of sending their children to study in English-speaking countries.
2) Esperanto is now 120 years old, older than many official national languages that are much younger, and it has officially been approved as a living language in Hungary since 2004, without any lexical difficulties as its roots are based on all of the other European languages unlike English. The lexical difficulty and influence of the English language is what condemns other languages to die out, while Esperanto, instead, lets them live. An important consideration to make is both economical and political: continue to support English means ensuring not only international linguistic monopoly on behalf og the English-speaking people but also an ecnomic and political regime. Does this benefit cultures, like our own, and not only the English-speaking ones?