There were studies in Japan, long ago.
Cited by Esperanto supporters on the old Conlang as very favorable to Eo.
Other Eo supporters had done the research.
From: International Auxiliary Languages [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jeffrey Brown
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Note #43 refers to a paper citing almost entirely anecdotal evidence, except for one reputed study with American speakers (who already speak a European language).
Note #44 is no longer available for download.
Note #45 relates to a study of French-speaking students learning Esperanto.
The subsequent paragraphs refer to the ease of acquiring a European natlang after having studied Esperanto (a conclusion I do not contend).
Nothing about non-IE speakers learning Esperanto in Wikipedia :(
On Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 6:06 PM, Wayne Rossi <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
The Esperanto article on Wikipedia cites a study showing the ease of learning Esperanto.
The studies performed have shown that not only is Esperanto easier, but learning Esperanto and then studying a third language makes the acquisition of the third language easier.
On Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 8:44 PM, Jeffrey Brown <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Often people enthusiastic about Esperanto (or Interlingua, or any auxlang with a European-like grammar and lexicon) state how easy it is to learn, even for those who do not know any European language.
I have been wondering whether this is true. I have never seen any experimental evidence to support this statement, only anecdotes.
Now, Esperanto was quite easy for me to learn, but I already spoke English, French and German at the time, so I was familiar with the grammatical forms and found many of the words instantly recognizable. But, if I had spoken only Cantonese, that wouldn’t have been true.
What I suspect is that Esperanto (and similar) would be rather difficult to learn for someone unfamiliar with European word stock and grammar. But I don’t have any evidence for this either.
Can anyone point me to any studies, not anecdotal testimonials, that support the claim?