Donald J. HARLOW wrote:

> David Graddol apparently had a somewhat iconoclastic paper on the
> future of
> English as the global language in the most recent issue of "Science". I
> found an article on the subject (half a page!) in my local newspaper.
> Those
> interested can read it on-line at
> (the web site of the Contra Costa [California] Times; but it's an
> Associated Press article by Randolph E. Schmid, and should be available in
> other papers as well).
> ---
> The following report from Hungary is interesting, and sort of supports
> something I've been saying for years (i.e., get Esperanto -- or some other
> planned language -- accepted in schools not as a _mandatory_ subject
> but as
> an elective one, within a more general language requirement). The report
> comes from a regular mailing sent out on the list "lingva-demokratio".
> "After a battle lasting for several years, Hungarian Esperanto speakers
> have succeeded in having Esperanto recognized as a living language," says
> Oszkar Princz, the general secretary of the Hungarian Esperanto
> Association
> "Of course, Esperanto speakers never had any doubt that Esperanto was in
> origin an artificial, planned language, but has since become a living
> language."
> The Ministry of Education has informed the Hungarian Esperanto Association
> by letter that the Linguistics Institute of the Hungarian Academy of
> Science has qualified Esperanto as a living language. Recently, several
> state institutions of teaching did not want to count Esperanto as
> having an
> equal footing with other language. Such qualification has, until now, put
> the brakes on the teaching of the international language.
> Since 1995 an interesting phenomenon in Hungary has developed because of
> the appearance of a law about mandatory examination of foreign
> languages in
> colleges and universities.

Legente iste message ego rideva durante un plen minuta. Esperanto es un
vivente lingua! Naturalmente cata (chiu) lingua que es parlate es vivente.

Il me sembla que Hungaria es linguisticamente in le mesme situation que
Svedia era in le 30's del seculo passate, quando un relativemente grande
numero de humanos optava pro esperanto. Tamen, quando le instruction de
anglese deveni general, on perdera le interesse in esperanto al favor
del anglese, lugubremente a dicer!

Kjell R